Diversity Outreach Volunteer
CASA of the Continental Divide
Volunteers are placed with a child based on that child’s individual needs. Often these children are more comfortable with, and trusting of, advocates who best understand their cultural needs and can connect with a child on that level.
Overwhelmingly, Hispanic/Latino children are overrepresented in the child welfare system. Nationwide, there are 91,000 Hispanic/Latino children currently in the foster care system and fewer than 2,000 Hispanic/Latino volunteers to serve them. In large cities in the west and southwest, the need is far greater. Bilingual Hispanic/Latino volunteers are especially needed. While all volunteers communicate in English during court proceedings, they are often working with individuals whose first language is Spanish. Navigating language barriers is critical to ensuring success for a child. Currently only 1.5% of all CASA volunteers are Hispanic/Latino and 17% of CASA of the Continental Divide’s caseload are Hispanic/Latino. With Spanish being the primary language spoken in 10% of the homes.
Another special need are male volunteers With more than 40% of the children in need being boys, we have a special need for more men to stand up and be counted as everyday heroes and role models in the lives of these future men. Volunteer CASA of the Continental Divide.
But our need for volunteers is critical, no matter your cultural background. Please consider standing up for a child who needs you most. You truly can make a difference.