CASA Receives Grant to Help Older Youth

CASA of Southwest Missouri has received a grant that will allow them to recruit and train volunteers to work with older youth.

The work will be done focusing on youth who are at risk of “aging out” of foster care. The grant will provide the necessary funds to focus on the needs of those children within the child welfare system and help judges gain the necessary information to act in a child’s best interest.

“This grant will enable CASA of Southwest Missouri to continue recruiting, training and supporting CASA advocates who serve older youth,” Laura Farmer, Executive Director of CASA of Southwest Missouri, said in a statement. “In 2019, we served 17% more older youth in foster care and we want to build on that increase. With this grant, our goal is to ensure that youth are not exiting foster care without a caring, consistent adult in their life. We need community members to step up and volunteer with our older youth. Every youth deserves an adult in their life who is there for them, no matter what.”

The $100,000 grant is given through the National CASA/GAL and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, and authorized under the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990.

CASA has volunteer training coming up on July 16. Anyone interested in helping CASA should call 417-864-6202.

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