Advocating for Richland County’s Kids: Volunteer for CASA
RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – The Richland County facet that ensures every child has personal representation for juvenile dependency hearings is in need of volunteers.
Richland County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program, or CASA, is currently recruiting new Guardians ad Litem. Volunteers do not need to have experience with the law – only a desire to learn and to support the county’s under-served children.
After training and certification, volunteers carry out a variety of roles, ranging from investigations to court monitors.
“Our focus is to actively recruit male volunteers into our program,” said RC CASA Executive Director Paige Greene, who leads the team of staff and volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Richland County Family Court system. “We can’t control where abused and neglected children come from, but we can do something about where they end up.”
Each year in Richland County, more than 1,000 children enter the child protection system.