The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is seeking volunteers.
CASA will host two information sessions for persons interested in obtaining information about CASA or learning what steps are necessary to become a CASA volunteer and act as an advocate for an abused or neglected child.
A session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the CASA for Children office a 12 E. Chickasaw in Sallisaw.
Another session will be held at noon, with lunch provided, on Dec. 1 at El Celaya at 100 W. Ray Fine Blvd. in Roland.
The public is invited to join the CASA staff and volunteers and others who are interested in making a difference in the life of a child. Meals will be provided.
CASA volunteers are urgently needed to advocate for abused and neglected children in Sequoyah County. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life and speak up for a child’s best interest in court. These ordinary community members are doing extraordinary things for our most vulnerable children.
Volunteers get to know the children on their case and through their court appointment gather information from everyone involved in the child’s daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers, and other relevant persons. The information gathered is used by volunteers to report to the judge, advocating for the child’s needs while in the foster care system. The single purpose of volunteers is to protect and guide the child through the court system in order to help them find a safe, nurturing and permanent home.
CASA for Children is a non-profit organization. The only prerequisite to volunteer is that individuals be 21 years of age. Volunteers are from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds. For more information about CASA or to request an application, call 918 686-8199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A child is waiting for your help!
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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