Adams County CASA Seeking New Volunteers

QUINCY (WGEM) – Those caring for abused and neglected children in the care of the Adams County justice system say they need more help.

CASA of Adams County said it is looking to increase the number of volunteers it has and is offering accelerated training in September.

“Here in Adams County we have 41 volunteers and we have 255 children in care, so the need for volunteers is really great right now,” said Adams County CASA Coordinator Lexi Goehl.

Those from the Advocacy Network for Children said the volunteers work as advocates for children in court custody and are the backbone of the CASA program.

Chief executive Todd Shackelford said the need for more volunteers has grown over time.

“The need for CASA volunteers is huge,” he said. “We are seeing more and more children taken into the care of the courts and so we need these advocates to look out for their best interests.”

Goehl said last year there were 187 children in the justice system. She said this year there were 255.

CASA officials said the training is scheduled for Friday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. :00 pm The training will take place at the Hope Lutheran Church, 1739 Harrison Street in Quincy.

Several information meetings will be held via Zoom at 12:30 p.m. on August 24, August 31, September 7 and September 14. A final information meeting will take place at 5:15 p.m. on September 15. Meetings should last approximately 30 minutes.

The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84551947807.

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