(Joplin, MO) – Jasper County CASA will host its second training class of 2021 this spring on April 6. In their training, Jasper County CASA teaches about a myriad of issues that often affect children in foster care, including domestic violence, substance abuse, cultural competence, the child welfare system, the juvenile court system, and other topics. When volunteers finish this class, they join a community of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) in Jasper County and across the country, all fighting for vulnerable children in the foster care system. There is still time to join this class and make a difference for victims of abuse and neglect.
CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) complete a 30-hour training, are sworn in by a judge, and are assigned a case of a child or sibling group in the Jasper County foster care system. CASAs meet with their children at least twice a month and become a consistent, caring person in their lives. CASAs make a measurable difference in the lives of children in foster care. Children with a CASA are half as likely to re-enter the foster care system after their case closes and are more likely to succeed in school and achieve permanency.
Now is a great time to get involved with CASA, as more children enter the foster care system every day. Currently, over 300 children in foster care in Jasper County do not yet have a CASA who can advocate on their behalf.
About Jasper County CASA:
Jasper County CASA is a nonprofit organization that provides trained volunteers who advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children.
Kenedie Watchorn, Volunteer Coordinator
Jasper County Casa