FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – The Allen County court system has more child advocates after nine new trained volunteers were sworn in on Tuesday.
Allen County Court-appointed special advocates (CASA) said volunteers “speak out” for children in courts and child welfare systems to make sure they are safe, well. cared for and get the services they need. They also help place children in a permanent, safe and nurturing home as quickly as possible by making court referrals.
CASA’s new class of volunteers recently completed a six week or 30 hour training program. They will join a team of over 160 advocates who give a voice to children who have been abused and / or neglected.
“Anyone can help, I mean, it’s just to give a little time. I think it takes one client per year, that’s all it takes. You might as well become a volunteer as long as you have the companion, the heart, and you don’t necessarily need to have a background like me – just to take care of someone and want those kids to be a voice for them in the courtroom, ”said CASA advocate Michell Potts.
New volunteers are always welcome. Anyone interested in becoming a children’s advocate is urged to contact Mell Depew, Recruitment and Training Coordinator, at 260-449-7190 or go to allencountycasa.org to complete a volunteer application.