Volunteer advocates needed for abused children
OKLAHOMA CITY — Abused children come from every zip code in Oklahoma County.
Only a third of Oklahoma County juvenile cases have a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.
CASA volunteers are the eyes and ears of the court; they speak for the children.
CASA of Oklahoma County has about 200 volunteers right now.
They are actively recruiting additional volunteers to meet the needs of the Oklahoma County juvenile court system.
CASA of Oklahoma County Executive Director, Lee Ann Limber, hopes to add 100 volunteers in the next year.
Limber said, “We give a voice and a caring adult to a child during one of the scariest times in their life. We are looking for adults who have the time and the willingness to give to a child, to travel and to be there with the child for as long as it takes.”
CASA of Oklahoma County prefers their volunteers make a 1-year commitment.
CASA provides a 10-week training course.
In the past year, CASA of Oklahoma County volunteers served 15,000 to 17000 hours a year.