Volunteers help abused neglected children

by Deb Havens


We’re hearing lots of good news about the improving economy in the U.S. and Michigan. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean much to the lives of  hundreds of children in Kent County who are wards of the court system, removed from their homes largely due to abuse and neglect.


Given the number of children in need and cutbacks in government services the county is turning to volunteers. If you are willing to help a child throughout the traumatic process of separation from family and the journey through the court system, you are called to serve.


The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program of Kent County is a non-profit organization that trains volunteer advocates to provide consistent oversight for children who are wards of the court.


Volunteer training begins Feb. 9 for those willing to support a child by giving time and caring. Click on the link below for a volunteer application form. For more information call 616-632-5311.