A group dedicated to helping abused and neglected children is looking for more volunteers.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of the South Plains provides, trains, and supports volunteers to help these children navigate the foster care system.

CASA of the South Plains can currently only accept a limited number of cases due to an extreme shortage of volunteers.

When home is no longer safe for a child and the young one must enter the foster care system, a judge may appoint a committed CASA volunteer. The volunteer helps guide the way for children out of the child welfare system and into safe, permanent homes.

In order to become a volunteer, thirty hours of combined class time, home study, and hands-on training must be completed as part of the national CASA standards.

New volunteer training classes begin on Tuesday, January 28th at #24 Briercroft Office Park, located off 56th Street and Avenue P in Lubbock.

The class dates are January 28th, February 4th, 11th, and 18th, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Those interested in volunteering may call the CASA of the South Plains office at 763-2272 to register or get more information. You can also visit www.casaofthesouthplains.org.