A county program to help abused, neglected and abandoned children has reached a milestone:
For the first time in its history, it has 100 volunteers.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) currently serves 145 youngsters who come under the jurisdiction of the court when their parents cannot or will not care for them.
Judge Linda Hurst will speak to CASA supporters at 12:15 p.m. July 24 on the County Courthouse steps at 1050 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo, to commemorate the milestone.
CASA youngsters “enter a bewildering, overburdened social service system, where they can easily be unnoticed or forgotten in the community without a voice to speak on their behalf,” according to Cathy Orton, CASA’s resource development director.
CASA volunteers become both advocates and mentors, and speak for these children in court, she said.
CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who “advocate for this vulnerable population with the goal of ensuring that each and every child grows up in a safe, nurturing and permanent home,” Orton said.
For more information, go to www.slocasa.org.