The Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Pulaski County is in need of volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the legal system and to help fill that void, CASA will be holding volunteer training on Thursday, Sept. 19.
CASA volunteers are specially trained to provide information that helps judges make decisions about what is best for an abused or neglected child, enabling the judge to be informed of the specifics of the case and choose in a timely fashion between foster care, reuniting with parents, or adoption. Six children in Pulaski County are currently in need of CASA volunteers to speak for them in court.
Children who are represented by CASA volunteers are less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and are less likely to re-enter the child welfare system. They are more likely to receive therapy, health care and educational services than those children without a CASA volunteer.
New volunteer training is slated to start Thursday, Sept. 19. If you would like more information about the Pulaski County CASA program can contact Sara Kroft at (574) 225-2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.