CASA of the Wiregrass seeks volunteer child advocates
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - While many things have changed this year, one constant is one local agency’s goal to provide a voice for abused or neglected children.
“We’ve seen alcohol rates go up, domestic violence go up, substance abuse go up, and these children are isolated,” Adelyn Bhuiya, Executive Director of CASA of the Wiregrass Region said.
The covid-19 pandemic has created many hardships for families. As a result, CASA is seeing more cases of abused or neglected children.
“When children are involved in this process, they really feel like they don’t have a voice, parents have attorneys, obviously there is the judge on the bench, but no one is really able to tell the child’s story,” Bhuiya said.
CASA is appointed by the court to advocate for the children involved in welfare cases. It currently serves Houston and Henry counties.
“We have a dire need right now for volunteers,” Bhuiya said. “Covid’s hit everybody pretty hard. That’s also unfortunately affected our volunteer pool. And now there is even an influx of cases where the kids have been at home.
Bhuiya says CASA is actively looking for volunteers and that there aren’t many qualifications to help..
“They have to love children and families, have a heart for service, they have to be over the age of 21, have to be able to pass a background check,” Bhuiya said. She also says you don’t have to have any sort of medical or psychological background.
The program also provides a 30-hour training course
She says they’re just needing people interested in making a positive impact where its needed most..
If you’re interested in volunteering, you can call CASA at 334-446-4504 or visit their website here.
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