The month of November is National Adoption Month. The Hannibal community has many children in foster care who need someone who can advocate for them.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) at Douglass Community Services is a program that trains volunteers to make a difference in the life of a child. With CASA, people who can't adopt or foster can still be a voice for these children. Being a CASA advocate means standing up for children who have been taken away from abusive or neglectful homes.

“CASA is important because it gives people who have been blessed enough to grow up in a safe environment a chance to give back. The kids in our community need to know that they can have hope for a bright future and we can help provide them with that,” said Cassidy Winters, CASA Intern.

During the month of November, CASA will be speaking out about why it is important to stand up for the children in this area. November is the perfect time to be thankful for what you have while serving others who are lacking. Advocating for children and donating to the organization is important during this season.

There are two ways to get involved with CASA this season. First, you can go through the trainings and become a CASA volunteer who advocates for local kids in the foster care system. Another way to help this holiday season is to make a donation to the program, which will benefit foster kids in the 10th Judicial Circuit.

For information on how to get involved, contact the CASA Program Director, Sarah Conner at or go to .