CASA of South Central Missouri speaks for abused and neglected children in foster care. Last year, CASA was an advocate for 200 children in the 25th Judicial Circuit, seventy-six of which were in Phelps County. CASA has an informational meeting at their new Rolla office (400 N. Main, Suite 202), Thursday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about a program that serves children who need a voice.

CASA of South Central Missouri speaks for abused and neglected children in foster care. Last year, CASA was an advocate for 200 children in the 25th Judicial Circuit, seventy-six of which were in Phelps County.

Brock Whisler, CASA outreach coordinator said, “Although we served many children in the Circuit, we need to serve more.” He said there are still children who need a voice and a mentor, especially because of the current spike in abuse of opioid and other controlled substances.
“Over 450 children come into care annually in the Circuit, with 90 percent either directly or indirectly related to substance abuse,” he explained. “The children need a voice.”

CASA has an informational meeting at their new Rolla office (400 N. Main, Suite 202), Thursday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about a program that serves children who need a voice. Whisler says these children need a hero.
“CASA offers hope and consistency to children in the court system,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to learn more about what CASA does for children, and to hear from some of our current volunteers about what they have experienced in the program.” Whisler said being a CASA advocate is a rewarding challenge.

For those that are unsure about volunteering alone, he recommends volunteering with a friend or family member to be a team for a child in need.
“Encourage someone you know to attend our informational meeting with you, and you can both see if the CASA program is a good fit for you,” he adds. He says CASA has spouse teams and friend teams, and encourages teamwork in the program. “It is important for children to see positive relationships.”

Whisler says if you are over the age of 21 and can pass a drug screen and background check, to consider joining them for the meeting to learn how to positively influence an abused or neglected child. CASA will provide snacks and beverages. CASA representatives will be available to answer questions and show how to impact our community and be the change in a child’s life. For more information, visit www.casascmo.org or call 573-202-8405 for more informaton.