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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • CASA expanding

  • The 16th Judicial District’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization is actively recruiting volunteers t
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  • The 16th Judicial District’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization is actively recruiting volunteers to help with the expansion of its program and the services it provides to local area children who have been taken into foster care due to abuse or neglect. The goal of every CASA program, locally and nationwide, is to secure a safe, permanent home for all children that have become part of a court case involving and deciding custody.  The 16th Judicial serves children from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard and Stone counties.
    Only one in every ten children that come under the court’s jurisdiction are getting the assistance  provided by a CASA volunteer, and the local program is hoping to raise that percentage with an active recruitment program for the area. Once recruited, volunteers are trained and become sworn officers of the court and serve as the voice for the child and the eyes and ears of the judge throughout the child’s case. The volunteer then, working through a court order and, when necessary, interviews all parties involved in the case including parents, attorneys, doctors, teachers, state workers and others. As these meetings take place, the volunteer is continually talking with and checking on the care and progress of the child in foster care.  A report is completed and provided to the judge before each hearing and the judge may also call upon the CASA volunteer to testify and answer questions regarding the child’s situation.
    For more information on the 16th Judicial District’s CASA program, and to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, please email volunteercasa@arkansas.gov or call 501.766-5218 or  870.919.7235 or visit www.arkansascasa.net .

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