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Child Advocates Needed in Toombs Co
Monday, 21 January 2013

January 21--  There's a critical needed for volunteers to help children from troubled homes in Toombs County.

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children in this area serves 15 counties which make up the Dublin, Middle and Oconee Judicial Circuits.  Julie German from the Eastman office says community volunteers are trained to make  recommendations to judges regarding kids who's families are broke and broken.

" It does impact their children.  When they can't provide their children with the appropriate clothing for the season or they're not taking them to medical because they don't have transportation.  We've had children that when they came into care, they were so far behind with their immunizations, they would have to have from eight to ten immunizations done."

"It can be overwhelming and if you stop and think too much about it, you might go screaming into the night, but you have to think about those children and the impact you're having on their lives and on their futures," German says.

Given the challenges, you might wonder why anyone would volunteer to help.  However, German says the successes make it worthwhile.  She remembers an infant a volunteer reunited with its family.

"We were able to get that child reunited with his family in another state despite all the obstacles we encountered.  He is connected with his birth family and has siblings whom he sees on an almost daily basis.  Were it not for our volunteer,, that child would have been adopted and he would not be connected to his birth family.  That's a real success story," German notes.

German says volunteers normally handle only one or two cases at a time and get to choose which cases they take.

For more information, call 912-537-2009 in Vidalia or go to the CASA website, http://www.tlcchildrensservices.org/about-us/tlc-casa/

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