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CASA Canadian County seeks volunteers

Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Canadian County recently swore in seven new volunteers but still needs more people to help.
by Matt Patterson Published: August 7, 2014

Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Canadian County recently swore in seven new volunteers, but the organization is still in need of more.

CASA needs about 100 people to handle cases in Canadian County. CASA volunteers are court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children.

CASA programs are available throughout Oklahoma and the United States. The need in Canadian County is particularly critical, according to a news release. There are more than 300 active cases in Canadian County where children have been alleged to be abused or neglected, and only a small number are represented by a CASA volunteer.

“There is a tremendous need for someone to speak up for these kids,” CASA board President Debra Roberts said. “They are too young to do it themselves, and it is a very confusing system even for their parents. A CASA volunteer is there solely to represent the best interest of the child and has been trained for that purpose.”

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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