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Volunteer advocates sought for local abused, neglected children


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Volunteers are needed to become special advocates for abused and neglected children in the Green Bay area.

"We do need more people because as the children's cases continue to be assigned to us, we will have more children's cases coming in," says CASA of Brown County Executive Director Connie Greenwald. "We have 241 children so far this year through the end of September, where last year we had 214 at the same time."

CASA volunteer advocates are sometimes called the "eyes and ears of the court," who are assigned by juvenile court judges to advocate exclusively on behalf of a single child or sibling group.

According to CASA's website, the volunteers have weekly face-to-face visits with their child, make independent, objective observations about the child’s safety and well-being, and submit a written summary report to the appointing judge each month to help that judge make decisions about the child’s permanent placement. 

"Our volunteers tell us that this has been the most rewarding experience they've ever had," says Greenwald. "They're making such an enormous difference in this child's life."

Greenwald says it's easy to become a volunteer advocate.

"First is that you're 21 years of age or older, submit to background checks, and then go through the training," says Greenwald. "It's a 40 hour training, five weeks, two nights a week."

If you'd like to learn more about becoming a volunteer advocate, click here.