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CASA in need of advocates for foster children

By The Arkadelphian

Of the 55 kids currently in foster care in Clark County, only 10 of them have someone to check in on them and make certain their voice is heard in the judicial process.

Court Appointed Special Advocates in Clark and Pike counties is in need of volunteer advocates. CASA will host a community gathering Wednesday, July 20, from 9-10 a.m. at the Diamond Lakes Regional Visitor Center, 124 Valley St., Caddo Valley.

CASA is focusing its search on male advocates, said Celeste Davis, executive director. Advocates attend training prior to their service, and once sworn in by the court are tasked with spending 10-15 hours each month with the children they’re assigned to check on. There is no experience necessary to become an advocate.

The foster children are typically victims of abuse and/or neglect. Advocates are usually tasked with visiting them at school and ensuring their needs are being fulfilled.

“The ultimate goal in being an advocate is to help reunite the kids with their families,” Davis said.

CLICK HERE for more information about CASA of Clark and Pike counties.

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