PLYMOUTH — CASA of NH has announced that six new volunteers from this area recently completed the pre-service training necessary to be an advocate for children who have been abused in local communities.
They have received comprehensive training and are assigned a volunteer supervisor so they always have someone to turn to as they get to know the child they are assigned to and represent the child's best interests, complete court reports and show up to hearing approximately every three months until the child is able to have a safe and permanent home.
"Unfortunately, no community in this state is exempt from the issue of child abuse and neglect," says Jen Buteau of CASA of NH. "Although we have more than 450 volunteer advocates statewide, it still isn't enough to keep up with the current demand." Lately, CASA of NH has had to refuse abuse and neglect cases that they were asked to advocate on from the Plymouth, Laconia and Conway courts.
Their efforts in conjunction with the existing volunteers at CASA of NH save the State of NH approximately 3.5 million dollars a year. Volunteer advocates meet with the child they are assigned to work with monthly, attend periodic court hearings and speak with the various adults involved with the child.
Due to the critical need for more advocates several trainings are scheduled in the next few months throughout the state. Those who are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer or exploring various ways they can support CASA of NH, contact Jen Buteau at 536-1663 or visit www.casanh.org.