During the summer months of vacation, fewer child abuse cases are reported in the Brownwood area – typically because teachers are a primary source of suspected situations.
But now that school is back in session, more cases that are being reported, according to Marquis Robertson, volunteer coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA. Volunteers are needed to stand up for the kids in court and to make sure they stay safe.
Robertson said CASA volunteers are responsible for talking to everyone involved in an abused child’s life and making recommendations to the judge regarding what the best interest of the child would be.
Those interested in becoming a CASA volunteer may set up an interview with a current volunteer to learn more information on what is required.
CASA would like to start an evening training class this month for those interested. A daytime training class is also being planned in the near future for those who cannot make it to the evening class.
Currently CASA has 11 child abuse cases who do not have volunteers.
For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer, call Robertson at 643-2557.