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CASA's proven to improve foster children's lives

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Yellowstone County volunteers are in dire need when it comes to helping abused and neglected children. 

In fact those with a CASA or court appointed special advocate say there are over 600 children waiting for an advocate.

Being a CASA is a long term commitment, first a CASA goes through an eighth week training course,

This teaches them all about the court system, child protection system and how to work with kids who have gone through trauma.

Volunteers are then paired with a child for the duration they are in the system, which could take up to a year or year in a half in most cases.

Duties of a CASA includes visiting their child at least once a month as well as keeping in touch with everyone involved in the case.

Yellowstone CASA recruitment coordinator Ben McKee said becoming a casa provides stability and helps build trust and guidance for children in foster care.

"It's absolutely unique, more than any other volunteer role that you have, because you really make a difference in the life of a child," said McKee. "We know that CASA's are able to have such an impact in the child's future. Kids who have a CASA are less likely to ever come back in foster care later on in their life.They're also typically spend less time in the foster care system and they do better in school."

If you would to know more information, the next information session is June 25th at 5:30 pm at 1201 Grand Ave.