DPS Releases Updated Child Abuse Report for Comal County - CASA Seeks Volunteers to Help Local Kids
Published on Feb 20, 2014 / Local News
(New Braunfels, TX) -- Some new numbers were released by Texas DPS last week about child abuse in Texas, including updated numbers for Comal County.
CASA of Central Texas is constantly looking for volunteers to help abused children get through a difficult time in their lives, and those new statistics reveal that the number of children in need continues to grow.
According to DPS officials, more than 66,000 children were either abused or neglected in Texas last year, one every 8 minutes.
That’s over 23-hundred more than the year before, and here in Comal County, 377 children were confirmed as victims of abuse and neglect and 243 were in the foster care system.
Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, volunteers can help children in the foster care system, and volunteers are carefully screened and professionally trained before being appointed by judges to look out for a specific child while in the state’s custody.
Last year, over 76-hundred CASA volunteers were able to serve more than 23,000 children in the state’s custody, but that means that nearly half of the children in foster care did not have CASA volunteers to speak up for them in court and in the child welfare system.
In Comal County, CASA of Central Texas served 175 children with 115 CASA volunteers.
More volunteers are needed each year, and the next CASA training session here in New Braunfels is scheduled for March 19th.
For more information, call 830-626-2272 or visit casacentex.org.
And for much more on the newly released statistics from Texas DPS, and CASA's role with local kids that find themselves in the court system because of abuse, just click the Audio Link below.