For people who want to make a big difference in the life of vulnerable children, a noble calling that everyone should consider is the option of becoming a court-appointed special advocate.

For people who want to make a big difference in the life of vulnerable children, a noble calling that everyone should consider is the option of becoming a court-appointed special advocate. CASA volunteers stand by children through court-proceedings to protect their rights and ensure that they have safe, permanent homes.

As an advocate for children who’ve been referred to court because of abuse or neglect, your mission is to help guide them through the confusing and over-burdened child welfare system and speak up for them. There are times when it’s hard. But there are more times when it’s the most fulfilling thing you have ever done. Knowing that the one constant, caring, adult presence in a child’s life – is you.

On May 10, a new training class to become a CASA volunteer will begin in Hannibal, Missouri at Douglass Community Services. To reserve your spot, call Alex at 573-221-3890, ext. 280 or email: casa2@douglassonline.org

—Alex Jennings, CASA volunteer coordinator, Douglass Community Services