Dear editor,

For people who want to make a big difference in the life of vulnerable children, a noble calling that everyone should consider is the option of becoming a court-appointed special advocate. 

CASA volunteers stand by children through court-proceedings to protect their rights and ensure that they have safe, permanent homes. Abused and neglected children need more help than the foster care and child welfare systems can provide. 

That’s where CASA volunteers come in. Appointed by judges, these trained citizen volunteers look out for children in state care, advocating for their best interests in the courtroom and the community. 

For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

As an advocate your mission is to help guide these children through the confusing and over-burdened child welfare system and speak up for them. There are times when it’s hard. 

But there are more times when it’s the most fulfilling thing you have ever done. Knowing that the one constant, caring, adult presence in a child’s life – is you.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) training will begin Sept. 9 at Douglass Community Services. The only requirements are: you must be 21 years of age, complete an application and interview, pass a background check, and attend pre-service training.  

Please contact Alex Jennings, CASA Volunteer Coordinator at 573-221-3890 ext. 280 or email; casa2@douglassonline.org to register for the upcoming classes.

Alex Jennings

CASA Volunteer Coordinator

Douglass Community Services

Hannibal