Nonprofit Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) is asking for more male volunteers throughout Faulkner County to consider becoming CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to help serve local young boys without representation.
CAA’s Leia Smith told the Log Cabin Democrat that there are 49 young boys in foster care throughout the county but they only have five active male advocates.
“We need more males to volunteer with the CASA program in order to better serve the young boys in Faulkner County,” Smith said.
In a news release, CAA called for the need of 45 additional advocates to help “give a voice to every foster child” in the 20th Judicial District.
Tess Fletcher, the executive director of CAA, said in the release there is no difference in the need for a normal child to have an older role model versus a child in foster care.
“If we show these young men that someone cares, it makes more of a difference than you could ever imagine,” she said. “These boys want someone they can relate to [and] they deserve to have an advocate that they not only can talk to, but that they can connect with.”
According to CAA representatives, the organization is hoping to have its largest training ever this summer because the “need is greater now than ever.”
“We need males to step up and make the choice to better the lives of kids who need them,” Fletcher said. “We need advocates that can relate to these boys. We need diversity in our volunteer pool because we have such a diverse group of foster kids that we serve.”
For more information, visit www.hopeandjustice.org.
The training dates include:
• 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 4.
• 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 7.
• 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 11.
• 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 14.
• 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 18.
• 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 21.
• 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 25.