Camden News

December 15, 2018
Camden News

CASA still needs help

This article was published March 8, 2018 at 3:39 p.m.

— An important group active in being a voice for abused, neglected or abandoned children is in need of more local volunteers. The Camden News recently published an article about the work of Court Appointed Special Advocates on behalf of such children and we encourage people to consider joining their efforts.

CASA’s goal is to recruit 25 news advocates by mid-March when the organization’s recruitment week concludes.

CASA members are appointed by a judge to speak for the best interests of an abused, neglected or abandoned child involved in a juvenile court proceeding, but this does not mean prospective volunteers need to have had prior training or a background in the court procedures.

The organization provides training to prepare individuals to advocate for children in the court system.

Qualifications for a potential volunteer include being at least 21 years of age and able to attend court proceedings, pass a criminal background check, utilize strong communication skills and commit to the program for at least a year or until the child’s case is resolved.

In addition to being there for a child in what must be frightening and mystifying situations, it is hard to imagine work that could be more rewarding for the volunteer.

You can be an important part in helping to shape the future of a child who is at a critical point in his or her life. To learn how you can become a volunteer, visit the SAU Tech Administration Office 206A at 6415 Spellman Drive in Camden, or contact volunteer coordinator Susan Green 870-818-3202.

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