Hear from Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs in her latest column for The CASA Voice as she reflects on National Hispanic Heritage Month, the importance of diversity and our efforts to help the CASA programs recruit a diverse pool of volunteers.
“Imagine you’ve been taken from the only home you have ever known and placed in a foster home with people that do not speak your language, do not serve the types of foods you are used to and do not understand the subtleties of your culture.
Now, imagine that you have a CASA volunteer who looks like you, talks like you, and shares a similar background and set of experiences. After getting to know them, you start to realize that they can help you navigate this new home. And, even more importantly, they can help your foster family better understand you and your culture – and where, what and who you come from.
We’re in the middle of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), a time to celebrate Hispanic and Latino American culture, heritage and contributions. During this month, we at Texas CASA are more dedicated than ever to making sure that we find creative and effective ways to recruit more Hispanic and Latino volunteers, especially those who are bilingual.”
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Texas CASA is committed to our goal of ensuring the highest quality advocacy possible for all children in the child protection system, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or disability status – that’s why we are highlighting resources to support the CASA network’s journey to becoming more inclusive, welcoming, affirming and culturally considerate. Explore more Cultural Considerations articles.