By Pat Stacey
We are facing a human rights crisis right here in East Texas.
In our society, and in societies around the world, the stewardship of a child's rights rests primarily with the family, which is a deeply important and often diverse collection of people who are a child's support system.
A family is supposed to nourish and provide for its children, guide them with culture, traditions, beliefs and values. Children are supposed to be raised with smiles and scolds, praise and reprimands, being both held close and left to discover things on their own. But when a family is unable to live up to its obligations, children are left in the system. That is why CASA exists.
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, are volunteers trained to fight for the rights of children at the most vulnerable and consequential times in their lives. Our children need to do more than survive, they need to thrive. Next month is Child Abuse Awareness Month and we must recognize that at its heart, this is not merely an issue of abuse, or neglect, or a broken system, or overburdened workers, but of the unalienable rights of a child. Society has a fundamental obligation to ensure that the basic rights and needs of every child are met. CASA volunteers are a formidable force that fights for these rights.
This is why CASA is KLTV's Community Spotlight. To learn more go to our website, KLTV.com under the community tab. There is no one else like a CASA volunteer.