Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) Services Update

From Crayons to Careers, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend is here to serve all ages from the community!

We are proud to share that on May 19, 2021, The Nueces County Commissioner’s Court signed an official Proclamation stating the county will recognize the month of May as National Foster Care Month, and that we can each play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care.

Starting in 1988, U.S. Presidents issued annual proclamations in recognition of National Foster Care Month to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents across the nation.

The purpose of National Foster Care Month continues to evolve based on the needs of the time. Current activities focus on increasing the visibility of the needs of children and youth in foster care and highlighting how the child welfare system can prioritize foster care as a service to families and promote reunification.

The Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the federal agency that seeks to provide for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children through leadership, support for necessary services, and productive partnerships with states, tribes, and communities. Foster care is a part of the constellation of services provided to children and families. The intent of foster care is to provide a safe environment for children and youth who temporarily cannot live with their families.

Today, the Children’s Bureau, together with its partners, supports National Foster Care Month through a website developed with Child Welfare Information Gateway, its information service. For more information and resources on programs and practices that promote permanency for children and youth, as well as information on special Foster Care Month initiatives, please visit the National Foster Care Month website.

Over 200 Coastal Bend Children Need a CASA Volunteer!

CASA of the Coastal Bend needs more Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers immediately!

Attend an upcoming 45 minute Virtual CASA Information Sessions held every Wednesday at noon via Zoom to learn about the role of a CASA Volunteer and how you can get involved. Individual appointments are available if needed.

The next CASA Volunteer Training starts May 18th. Visit their website to view requirements and future training dates.

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