CASA Voices for Children, Inc. swore in six new volunteers last week.
CASA is looking for more volunteers, who can be from anywhere in Grady County.
Court appointed special advocates (CASA) volunteers are appointed by a judge to work with children in the foster care system, Donna Stamper, of CASA Grady County, said. CASA volunteers act as an extra set of eyes and ears for children.
Training will begin in April. Those who are interested in volunteering for CASA can contact the organization at 405-224-0404, 402 Chickasha Ave. Suite 120 Chickasha, Okla.
CASA will be hosting a "Lunch and Learn" at noon on April 18 at the CASA office. If anyone is interested in attending contact CASA at the above info. The Lunch and Learn is open to anyone with questions and those who might be interested in becoming a CASA Volunteer.
Each volunteer is assigned a case or a family in the foster system. The volunteer will meet with the child about once a month and engage in activities with them. The volunteer can also meet with the parents, teachers, counselors and other people in the child's life. The CASA volunteer can then discuss their observations and make recommendations to a judge in the Grady County court system. These recommendations can include reuniting with the family or needs such as counseling or a visit to the eye doctor, Stamper said.
According to Stamper, CASA volunteers usually spend about five to 10 hours per month doing the volunteer work. CASA of Grady County has about 25 volunteers handling about 45 cases which consist of about 100 abused and/or neglected children.