Most Active Stories
- Grizzly Bear That Traveled 5,000 Miles Across Idaho, Montana Is A Mystery To Biologists
- Idaho Paraglider Could Be National Geographic's Adventurer Of The Year
- Data Points To Early Signs Of An Ada County Housing Bubble
- TV On The Radio To Headline Boise's Treefort Music Fest, Ticket Prices Increase
- Why Idaho Has Largest Share Of Unauthorized Immigrants Impacted By Obama Action
Mon August 26, 2013
Idaho Program To Help Abused Kids Needs Volunteers
A program advocating for abused or neglected children in southern Idaho says there are too many cases for volunteers to handle.
The Twin Falls Times-News reports there are only 67 trained volunteer advocates in the region's Court Appointed Special Advocates program.
But 525 children from the region surrounding Twin Falls were abused or neglected so badly in 2012 they had to be removed from their homes.
Currently, there are more than 100 children without a volunteer.
Tahna Barton, director of the region's CASA, says children without an advocate are more likely to be incarcerated in the juvenile detention system — or bounced from foster home to foster home.
Barton says one problem is some would-be volunteers think child-abuse issues arise mainly in cities like Boise, not in rural areas.