Foster children advocates needed in Poinsett County

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -  A Northeast Arkansas non-profit organization wants to increase its effort to help children in one Region 8 county.

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, needs more volunteer advocates for Poinsett County.

The 501(c)(3) organization serves foster children in Craighead, Greene, Clay, Poinsett and Mississippi Counties.

"It takes a very special person to be an advocate," said Donna Lamb Bowyer, the executive director of the Northeast branch of CASA."We provide trained advocates for the court system here to help children that are in foster care until they reach a safe and permanent home."

Bowyer said there were 80 foster children in Poinsett County in 2012.  The organization has two Poinsett County advocates working with five children, and two advocates in training.  "We hope to grow that number to eight very quickly."

Potential advocates would spend 30 hours in training, and should be prepared to work 10 to 15 hours a month investigating and compiling cases.

"They need to be someone who can work with all types of people and have compassion for all. It would be great if they can have some investigative skills and learn how to pull information about a case together because they have to write court reports for the judge."

NEA CASA will be hosting a fundraiser April 6 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Craighead County Fairgrounds. Tickets to the Cowboy Up for CASA Barn Dance are $40 per person or $75 for two people.

For more information about the event, contact Pam Taylor at 870-219-4665.

For more information about CASA, call 870-935-1099, or click here to visit the web site.

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