CASA ­— and a vulnerable child — needs volunteers to step up and help

Linda Trest

The group Franklin County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for more volunteers. CASA volunteers speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children, becoming their voice in the court system.

 A CASA class kick-off will be held Thursday, May 10. at Kline’s Restaurant in Rosebud. Drop by between 6:30 and 8 p.m. for CASA Conversations. Enjoy desserts and drinks and CASA representatives will answer any questions you may have about their group. New training sessions begin in June. 

According to their Facebook page, almost 100 CASA volunteers in Franklin and Gasconade counties served 180 children in foster care in 2017. You can help this number grow in 2018 so that every vulnerable foster child in our community can have a CASA representative. 

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Foster children in Franklin and Gasconade counties always need a strong advocate by their side. That is where their CASA volunteer comes in. It is an investment of time, energy, and heart, but those in the program believe the children are worth every bit of it.

Do you know someone who has the heart, strength, and compassion to speak up for foster children? You can nominate them to become a CASA volunteer in Franklin or Gasconade counties. Information will be sent to them on becoming an advocate and let them know how highly you think of them.

Speak up for a vulnerable child in the juvenile court system by becoming a CASA volunteer. Children need you. Call their office at 636-583-4422.