By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) case manager Sara Butler was the special guest at the Kiwanis Club meeting on Tuesday and received a check for $600 from the club to assist the nonprofit agency, as it provides advocates for abused or neglected children who are in the child protective services system.
Butler said CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over an advocate for abused and neglected children and to ensure they won’t get lost in a crowded legal and social service system. Volunteers stay with assigned to each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe and permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one reliable adult in their life.
She said becoming a CASA volunteer is for every day people with the heart and desire to help a child who needs an advocate to fight for them. The volunteer is there for the child when no one else is.
“When I first started training as a volunteer and advocate, I was amazed by how much there was to learn but it is like a puzzle and as you work with your sponsored child, it all starts to fall in place,” Butler said.