- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)26
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Advocacy group for area children to train new volunteers
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Missouri will be training a new class of volunteers over the course of the next month.
Trained advocates have the power to change the lives of children in the 32nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties. CASA volunteers get involved in the lives of children who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment and are appointed by judges to represent the best interests of children in court. CASA volunteers gather information from and about the individuals in the lives of children who may be removed from their homes.
CASA volunteers must be 21 years of age or older, undergo a criminal-background check, complete 30 hours of pre-service training and commit to working at least one case. Training and materials are provided without cost.
Spring training is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and April 26; 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 28, May 1, 5, 8 and 13; and from 6 to 7 p.m. May 15.