Local group looking for people to help abused children

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- The horrific events that led to the death of 11-month old Micahyah Crockett has some wondering how it could have been prevented.

A local program unlike any other in the country is working to make sure children have resources when they enter the juvenile court system.

The Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is comprised of volunteers who serve as the eye and ears of the court in the lives of children who have been abused or neglected.

Volunteers work with the courts to protect the best interests of the kids.

Last year, over 280 children were served by just 135 volunteers in St. Joseph County.

Despite their efforts, the group declares that there are still over 400 children in the county on the waiting list for someone to represent them, so the program's looking to expand.

CASA volunteer requirements include being at 21 years of age, having a valid driver's license, and passing a drug test as well as a background check.

Training for volunteers begins next week.

To apply, click here.

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