Grant Funds Search For Volunteer Advocates For Abused, Neglected Coos Children

Jun 2, 2015


A North Country grant is helping an organization that works with abused and neglected children to get more volunteers.

The group is Court Appointed Special Advocates, more commonly known as CASA.

It trains volunteers to represent abused children in court as guardians ad litem.

CASA has offices statewide, including Coos County.  And right now the organization has about 14 volunteers in Coos, but it’s simply not enough, says CASA official Jen Buteau.

“In the North Country we have some really fantastic advocates but it really is not enough to keep up with the incidents of abuse and neglect.”

That means they’ve had to turn away cases.  But with the help of a three-year $90,000 grant from the Tillotson Fund it is looking to add fifteen more volunteers.

To volunteer contact Jen Buteau at 752-9670.