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CASA program seeking to double volunteer count

Officials with Douglass Community Services in Hannibal said they’re looking for people who have some spare time to help some of the 290 kids in foster care in the 10th district courts as part of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Douglass Community Services Youth Services Director Jared Moore said they’re looking to double the amount of volunteers they have with 30 new volunteers.

Moore said with 60 volunteers they hope to get the number of kids paired with advocates to around 120.

The goal of expanding their volunteer base is to help get more of these kids in a stable long-term home.

“Spend time with them, get to know other family members and the foster parents to be able to speak to situations that might arise in the foster child’s life and to really speak for the best interest of the foster kid in court,” said Moore.

To apply, you can go to a Douglass Community Services office.

CASAs have to go through a 32 hour training process and typically spend 8-10 hours of their time every month helping the kids they represent according to Moore.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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