In 2019, ProKids directly served 1,009 children in Hamilton County, the largest number ProKids has served with volunteers.
This doubled the number of children served annually less than 10 years ago, and was enabled by a record number of 310 volunteers.
ProKids Executive Director Tracy Cook said the numbers represent tremendous growth for the agency. “But what we are proudest of is that our outcome measures continue to show how our children benefit from ProKids, even as we have ‘scaled up.’ We help keep these traumatized children safe from abuse and neglect, make sure they get medical and mental health care and advocate for them to get what they need in school to help them succeed.”
After they are assigned by the court to a child, ProKids volunteers report that they spent about 10 hours a month serving the needs of that child including school meetings, court appearances, phone calls and visits with the child. This work enables children, usually in foster care, to get to a forever home as quickly as possible.
“Our CASA Volunteers are powerful voices for these children. The court sees them as trusted advocates for our children, who can seem forgotten. We need to include more community members who have the heart and the courage for this work,” Tracy said. “There are still so many children to serve.”
Find out more at www.prokids.org/volunteer