CASA Seeks More Volunteers


DECATUR-More volunteers are needed to help children in the Macon County Court system.

The program is known as CASA or court appointed special advocates.

CASA helps abused and neglected children by giving them an advocate.

And because there's such need  in the community they want to double their number of volunteers. 

CASA Executive Director Pam Burkhart says right now there are more than 140 children helped by 73 volunteers. 

But that is far shy of the 500 children with cases in court.

She's hoping many new volunteers will go through an interview, background check,  and 30 hours of training. 

She says advocates provide a separate court report based on spending time with the child and gathering information. 

In doing so, she says they give the child a voice.

"They can ask the kids questions they can even put the kids voice into the court report," burkhart says. 

Advocates follow the case from start to finish.  She says these reports are crucial and can help the judge make the best decision for the child.    

Free training starts Tuesday October 22.  They have day and night sessions at their location at 140 s water street.

Call 217-428-8424 for more info.


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