Profiles in Prevention: Andy Homer
Director of Public Affairs, Texas CASA
Member, Child Protection Roundtable
Why is this issue important to you?
Children and youth in the foster care system are the most vulnerable children in society. Even when we do a good job protecting them, providing quality care and services and helping them achieve permanency, children who’ve experienced foster care tend to have more health problems and less economic success over the rest of their lives than other children. Anything we can do to prevent the adverse consequences related to experience in the child protection system is a great investment.
What prompted you to get involved?
The knowledge of what happens to many children who experience the child protection system creates a moral imperative to help and get involved.
How does your role at Texas CASA and as a Child Protection Roundtable member impact child abuse prevention?
I’m a CASA volunteer and I work to support and advocate for children individually. Working as a legislative advocate allows me to help improve the child protection at the system level.
How would you encourage others to make an impact?
However you can best contribute, as a foster parent, a CASA volunteer, by financially supporting TexProtects or CASA, by urging our legislative leaders to improve the CPS system.