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The mission of CASA of West Texas is to recruit, train and support committed volunteers who are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of children in the foster care system.

CASA of West Texas


CASA of West Texas supports volunteers who advocate for child abuse victims in Midland, Howard, Dawson, Gaines, Andrews, Martin and Glasscock Counties.  When severe child abuse and neglect occurs in a home, foster care may be the only option to keep a child safe.  When a child enters foster care, a judge will appoint a CASA Volunteer to advocate for that child's best interest in court and in the community.  Being in foster care is very difficult for a child.  Every child in foster care needs someone they can count on to be there for them...someone to speak up for them--an advocate.  Could you be that person? Learn more and get involved.

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  • Children in Care within Our Region
    Children in Care within Our Region

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  • Children in Care without an Advocate
    Children in Care without an Advocate

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    Volunteers Needed

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5 Ways to Exude Compassion and Impact the World

Sometimes taking a walk in somebody else’s shoes can provide a whole lot of insight. Although there are times where you’ll never fully understand the weight of the situation, compassion can help you better understand and deal with situations to help others. When you understand a situation and others can see that, they’re more likely to open up and allow you to help.

Mindfuel Daily came up with some awesome ways to show compassion each day and ultimately positively impact others. Check out their examples with our own take on how you can embody compassion for a better life.

Be Empathetic
One of the first steps in showing compassion is trying to understand the emotions of the person you’re speaking with and showing them that you understand. Mindfuel Daily suggests using certain phrases such as, “I understand.” This will help you better identify what you do and don’t understand about the situation.

Practice Selflessness
If you truly want to be compassionate, you’ll need to focus solely on how to help the person. There is a time and place for everybody’s needs, but when you’re helping somebody else their needs come first. Put them above yourself and others will do the same when you have a problem.

Always Be Kind
When somebody comes off in a harsh way, kill them with kindness. There’s no greater way to spread positivity than to be genuinely kind. That can be hard if you’re dealing with somebody who isn’t offering the same treatment toward you. However, you can turn around a situation by being kind when the other person least expects it from you.

Warm Up Communication
Offering warm communication can be a game-changer to somebody’s day. Sometimes, we might not notice that we aren’t exuding a warm communication style. Make sure you’re using proper nonverbals such as eye contact and nods. Avoid crossing your arms or other closed off mannerisms when you’re trying to show compassion.

Be Considerate
Taking judgement out of the equation is never easy. However, understand that everybody acts a certain way for a reason. Consider why somebody might choose particular actions. Better yet, ask them their motivations in a sensitive manner to better understand their actions. Showing consideration helps you earn trust and better solve problems.

Think of other ways that you can help improve your skills to be more compassionate in your everyday life when working with others. Then, go out and practice it!

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