Voices for Children assigns volunteers to advocate for foster kids

Being able to provide an advocate for each child is rare for CASA — or Court Appointed Special Advocate — programs, said Voices for Children Executive Director A.J. Renold, but it’s made possible through a strong network of local volunteers. Now in its 17th year, Voices for Children, which is a nonprofit organization that is part of the national and state CASA associations, logged 7,000 volunteer hours last year.

There was also an 80 percent increase in the number of volunteers. That number is up to about 160 now, but there’s a growing need for more. Renold said last year there was also a 40 percent increase in the number of children it served in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon and Madison counties, an unfortunate change she says can partly be attributed to the rapidly-growing Brazos County population and an increase in …

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