CASA Seeks More Volunteers to Help Abused Kids

3 years 7 months 3 weeks ago February 06, 2013 Feb 6, 2013 Wednesday, February 06 2013 Wednesday, February 06, 2013 6:57:00 PM CST in News
By: Ruohan Xu

COLUMBIA - Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held an informational meeting Wednesday night to look for more volunteers.

The organization aims to help abused and neglected children to speak their voices in family courts. Each volunteer matches up with one family, spends time with the family, and collects information to the court.

Potential volunteers packed the room during the session. Some law school students, elementary school teachers and nurses said they were interested in CASA and may join the organization.

Terrie Foltz, the volunteer coordinator for CASA, said the organization currently has more than 300 children in the foster system, but it is only serving 68 of them. She said many kids need an advocate, but the organization cannot offer them one.

Jim Bowman, a current volunteer, said he has built a solid relationship with the kids in just a few months. He said he enjoyed being a volunteer and it's been rewarding.

"CASA is filling a part in me, if I want to give back to the community more directly. And it is not something you can easily get from other organizations. In this opportunity you get to develop a real friendship and relationship with some children," Bowman said.

CASA gains funds to serve Callaway County this year, and it will hold another informational session in Fulton this Saturday. The organization will start the seasonal training for volunteers on Feb. 25.

View Heart of Missouri CASA's website to learn more information.

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