Volunteers play a crucial role when it comes to meeting the needs of the youth involved in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained volunteer who advocates on behalf of the best interest of a child in the child protection system. Children in foster care have occasional court hearings where important decisions are made regarding their future – including educational and medical needs, visits with family, and where the children will ultimately live. Every adult in the courtroom has someone representing him or her. Who speaks up for the children? This is where a CASA volunteer comes in. Those, age 21 and up, who are willing to pass a background check and attend trainings, can learn more about becoming a CASA by calling (937) 225-4031 or emailing ashimko@mcjcohio.org.

Another way that local volunteers serve court-involved youth is through the Court’s Natural Helpers, who serve as mentors and motivators by listening and encouraging. Regular group outings include cooking classes, miniature golf, fishing derbies and ice cream socials.

Natural Helpers is currently seeking adults, age 18 or older, to be specially trained and carefully matched with court-involved youth. Call (937) 225-5072 or e-mail  Gabriella.Clements@mcjcohio.org for more information.