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Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 12:22 PM

'First Look': You can make an impact on neglected children through CASA

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    Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kern County community outreach coordinator Karina Capellino and CASA volunteer Randy Tinsley talked about the need for more volunteers on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kern County speak for abused and neglected children in the juvenile dependency process.

Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," CASA community outreach coordinator Karina Capellino and CASA volunteer Randy Tinsley talked about the need for more volunteers in Kern County.

In just one week, Tinsely said, he can visit up to six kids who are either in foster care or group homes.

"Not every child in foster care needs CASA but we are advocates for those that do to build self-esteem," Tinsley said.

The application process to become a volunteer includes 30 hours of expert training in relevant skills, such as child development. There is also an extensive interview process, Capellino said.

"We have to make sure our children will remain safe," she said.

CASA will be soon hold a Superhero Run to raise money. All you need is to don your favorite superhero costume and choose to run the 2K, 5K or 10-mile run. For registration fees, visit www.kerncasa.org. The event is April 5 at Rio Bravo Ranch, 15701 Highway 178.

"Every child needs a hero, but an abused child needs a superhero," Capellino said.

 

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