HASTINGS – CASA, or Count Appointed Special Advocates, of South Central Nebraska could use some volunteers as school season continues on. CASA helps children who may be abused or neglected at home. The advocates spend about 10-12 hours a month working with the kids who have been adjudicated through court.
They look for options and opportunities for the kids whether it be to stay with their family, get new guardians, or sometimes adoption, while getting to know the youth as well. Right now, they have 28 youth on their waitlist and they need more volunteers.
RuAnn Root, the executive director of CASA of South Central Nebraska, says that you start to see more cases as the school year goes on.
We’re probably going to see, maybe, a little bit more of them coming to the surface. Because they are actually going to be seen by other, outside, caring adults. And most of the time when they’re talking about child abuse, it is behind close doors. A lot of people don’t know that it’s happening and sometimes it can be shocking, as to who all is doing child abuse. Because it doesn’t, basically, play any favorites in regards to race, income, or age, sometimes.
In order to volunteer you must be at least 21 years old, be able to pass a background check, and they also do some training. If you are interested in volunteering you can call CASA at 402-463-1030 or go to CASAofSCNE.org.