Volunteer Advocates Needed for Abused and Neglected Children

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- For the hundreds of abused and neglected children in the area, volunteers for Piedmont CASA are important allies. As the eyes and ears of the court, they help judges make decisions about custody and care that are in the child's best interests.

There is currently a shortage of these court appointed special advocates, and Piedmont CASA President Alicia Lenahan says this year's final orientation session is being held Thursday.

"For many years, we prided ourselves on being able to provide a volunteer for every child who needed and deserved one, but over the course of the last five years the need has constantly outpaced our resources," said Lenahan.

Piedmont CASA serves children in the city of Charlottesville as well as the counties of Albemarle, Louisa and Greene.

Last year, 221 kids were served by 118 CASA volunteers. Sixty-three children who were referred by the court were not assigned a volunteer.

According to Lenahan,volunteering for CASA can be emotionally taxing and may not be right for everyone. Those over 21 who are interested in more information can register for the orientation on Sept. 17 by calling 434-971-7515.

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