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The Court Appointed Special Advocates project of the Thirty-Second Judicial Circuit of Missouri (includes Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, and Perry Counties), provide well trained, court-appointed volunteer advocates to serve as independent monitors and advocates for abused and neglected children in and out of foster care, under the jurisdiction of the Thirty-Second Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court. The ultimate goals are to insure that children's immediate and long term needs are met while in foster care; that a healthy, permanent placement is secured for each child in a timely fashion; to improve laws, policies and procedures that impact children; and to heighten public awareness and response to the needs of abused and neglected children.
Court Appointed Special Advocates speak up for children in the system. Each year in the U.S. over half a million children are removed from their families and placed in foster care. Our local organization meets the state and national requirements and our volunteers are a part of the 33,000 people across the nation who are speaking up for those children. We are a non-profit organization. We do fund raising events and are one of the local agencies that receives funding from Area United Way.