CASA seeking child advocates in Dunklin Co.

CASA seeking child advocates in Dunklin Co.
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

DUNKLIN COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - The Dunklin County Court Appointed Special Advocates is spending the summer recruiting volunteers.

CASA members are working to have a child advocate for every child in the foster care system in Dunklin County.

The CASA Program Director Venna Quinn said they have 21 advocates, but that is nowhere near enough.

"We are far from reaching our goal," Quinn said. "At any given point in time, there's anywhere from 150 to 200 children in foster care in Dunklin County."

That currently leaves several children without an advocate.

Quinn said for children in foster care, it feels like a long time to find a family.

"Our goal is to speed that process up," Quinn said.

Volunteers are trained to make recommendations to the court in the best interest of the child.

To find more helping hearts, the organization is taking advantage of the summer break, hoping people will have more time for training.

"We are just trying to target staff that may be off a little extra time," Quinn said. "We are going to do a fast paced training and try to get it all in one week and get ready for people to advocate."

Each advocate is assigned one child at a time, which takes anywhere from 5 to 10 hours of their time each month.

Anyone interested in volunteering for CASA, can visit their website here.

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