CASA wants to "Double the Love"

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The children of Region 8 need the help of loving adults.

Program Manager for CASA, Amanda Frankenberger, said they really need volunteers.

Frankenberger said they've recently seen a trend that seems to be helpful to everyone.

"We've seen an increase," Frankenberger said. "In married couples working together, in friends working together. When you have two people working a case there may be able to serve more children. They can work increase sibling groups and they're able to share the load. CASA volunteers are bound by confidentiality. So, if you have a partner you're able to talk to that partner and talk through problems and talk about solutions and share the workload."

Frankenberger said people don't realize how large the need is in Region 8.

"We have a huge need in our area," Frankenberger said. "Just in our geographic footprint, we have about 618 kids in foster care. The benefits of having a CASA, or two CASA volunteers, assigned to them just helps these kids not fall through the cracks. And just getting some services they need and some attention, extra attention to them."

Frankenberger said children who find themselves in these difficult situations really need a stable adult to support them.

"We love when foster kids are able to get a CASA volunteer," Frankenberger said. "That's just another stable presence in their life. And when we can add another one, if they have two people there."

Frankenberger said when it comes to helping and loving a child, age doesn't matter.

"Sometimes if you have a retired couple that are working together," Frankenberger said. "You can almost have the grandmother and grandfather figure. So, if you have a stable couple in a child's life that's really amazing for them."

Frankenberger said their next training class will start the first of April.

CASA of the 2nd Judicial District covers Craighead, Greene, Clay, Mississippi and Poinsett counties.

For more information about CASA of the 2nd Judicial District, click here.

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