CASA of South Central Missouri is looking for volunteers in Phelps County and the surrounding area to “speak out” for abused and neglected children in our court system.
The organization said, in a recent press release, ”It’s been a great year for CASA of South Central Missouri, but there are still children who need a voice. CASA is up to twenty-six volunteers serving thirty-seven children in foster care, but there are over a hundred more children in… who need a CASA volunteer. CASA volunteers ensure that a child’s needs are being met while in care, and make recommendations about a child’s permanent placement. We want to tell you what you can do to be this person in a child’s life.”

There are several opportunities coming up to help residents get involved with CASA, both in Phelps County, and nearby in Pulaski County. On Saturday, Dec. 2, CASA will be hosting their inaugural Festival of Trees Gala, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Columbia College. In a separate release, the organization said “This event, benefitting our organization which advocates for abused and neglected children in the foster care system, is something brand new to our region.” There will be desserts and treats from the area, according to them, as wel as a silent auction and entertainment. The culmination of the event will feature an auction of a fully decorated Christmas tree.
The organization is also holding a meeting at Java Express in St. Robert next week, in the hopes offering information to those interested in volunteering.
“Join us for Team Up, Speak Out on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:30 PM at Java Express in St. Robert. During this informational meeting, CASA staff and volunteers will discuss the importance of speaking out for children in foster care, and answer questions about our program, the court system, and much more. You don’t have to come alone! Bring someone else along—a spouse, friend, or family member—and find out how you can team up to be the difference children and youth need,” CASA said.
Java Express will be keeping the coffee shop open for everyone attending the meeting. CASA will be providing a light meal. The plan for the meeting is informal, but it’s meant to be informational, according to CASA.
“This is a very informal, yet informational event designed to answer your questions and share the CASA mission: to advocate for abused and neglected children in the 25th Judicial Circuit (Pulaski, Phelps, Maries, and Texas Counties),” CASA said.
The requirements to volunteer for CASA are simple. Volunteers are not required to be professionals and don’t require a degree or specialization. Volunteers must be at least 21 and able to pass a background check and drug screen.
“All that we ask is that you have patience, a listening ear, and a passion to help the children in our area... Anyone is welcome to give us a call at 573-426-5437 or email for more information,” CASA said.

About CASA of South Central Missouri
CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a national organization of volunteers that are appointed by judges to speak for the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children. Pulaski County is part of the 25th Judicial Circuit in Missouri, which represents nearly 500 children in the judicial system. There are over 150 children who need a voice in Pulaski County alone; only 25% of these children have a CASA volunteer. Interested community members are encouraged to contact Brock Whisler at 573-202-8405 or email