“Out with the old and in with the new” is a phrase often used by those who make a list of resolutions at the start of every New Year. 

Some resolve to kick bad habits like smoking or eating junk food; others may want to lose weight or spend less money.

Resolutions are different for everyone, but they all serve the same objective -- to make life changes for the better.

If you’re looking for a new way to make changes, resolve to help others in need.

More than 24,000 children in the Texas foster care system need caring adults to look out for them. They need a CASA (court-appointed special advocate) volunteer to help get through the foster care system as quickly as possible, and into loving homes where all their needs are met and their dreams can flourish.

Last year, 47,508 abused and neglected children were in the Texas foster care system. They were separated from their families, siblings, friends and other loved ones, and often placed in unfamiliar setting far away from their homes.

Child Protective Services workers usually handle two or three dozen cases, each of which can involve multiple children. As a result, many children fall through the cracks, stay in foster care longer than necessary and may not receive the help they need to begin to heal.

The state of Texas is not a good parent. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, permanent home.

Frontier CASA Inc. has served more than 40 children this year. CASA volunteers have spoken up for abused and neglected children who, through no fault of their own, ended up in foster care. Unfortunately, not all of our children in care have CASA volunteers. 

Consider becoming a CASA volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life and your own.

To learn more and find out about our upcoming volunteer trainings, visit www.frontiercasa.org, call 432-837-7448,or email frontiercasa@gmail.com

Every child in foster care needs someone to help them through this difficult time.

Conrad J. Arriola is executive director of Frontier CASA Inc.