The Court Appointed Special Advocate program is very important to the children of Douglas County, and more volunteers are needed.
To find out more about the program, coordinator Linda Cuddy is holding two informational meetings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday.
The meetings will be held in the Judicial and Law Enforcement Building, Courtroom II, 1038 Buckeye Road, Minden.
Trained volunteers develop information to assist judges in making decisions in cases involving child custody, neglect or abuse.
Once a CASA receives a case, they are responsible for doing an in-depth investigation into the child’s life. The volunteer interviews everybody involved with the child from family members to coaches to teachers.
The CASA looks into any family history of criminal activity, police reports or drug abuse and compiles that information into a file the court uses to rule in the best interest of the child.
“Many children need your help, and you will be deeply rewarded,” Cuddy said. “A CASA volunteer can make a vital difference in a child’s life.”
To find out more, but are unable to attend either meeting, call Cuddy or Denise at 782-6247.