Child abuse media reports prompts community to help

CASA reports high interest in volunteering

SAN ANTONIO – Three recent high-profile child abuse cases in the San Antonio area have left people stunned and in disbelief. But also has prompted the community to help.

Child Advocates of San Antonio officials said they are now working with the biggest group of volunteers they've seen in three decades.

CASA President Rick Cooke said Monday that it's the volunteers who make a difference in the lives of children.

"Our volunteers are the most amazing people you'll ever meet in your life," Cooke said. "They do so much good and they impact all these kids' lives significantly."

It's the job of CASA volunteers not only to be the eyes and ears of the court, but to also make sure the children don't get lost in the Child Protective Services system.

On Monday night, CASA provided training for 60 volunteers, which Cooke said is the biggest group of volunteers in training since 1984.

"Just the publicity of the abuse and neglect that's happening in Bexar County, the level to which it's reached has become epidemic," Cooke said. "And I feel most people think this is a great way to give back to the community."

But with 5,000 kids in the foster care system, CASA needs more volunteers, Cooke said.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can call 210-225-7070 or visit CASA's website.

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