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CASA calling for volunteers in Greene County

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is in need of more volunteers in the Greene County area.

There are currently 200 children in the foster care system in Greene County. CASA has been able to serve 75 of those kids.

CASA advocate coordinators are reaching out for volunteers to help the other kids within the system since they have seen an increase this year.

"Since last year the number of kids in foster care has gone up by 50," Amanda Frankenberger, the Greene County advocate coordinator, said. "There is a lot of drug use going on in Greene County. There is a lot of this abuse and neglect cycling through families and we see repeat families come through the court system.

To become an advocate for CASA a person must be 21 years of age, pass a background check and volunteer around 10 to 15 hours of their time to the organization each month.

In order to become a volunteer an application must be filled out, then the volunteer must complete six weeks of training and a courtroom observation day.

After all training is complete, the volunteer is sworn in as an officer of the court and can start advocating for the children in need.

Anyone looking for more information on volunteering can contact Frankenberger at 870-335-6305 or at amandafrankenberger@neacasa.org.

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