Local Program in Need of Volunteers

By Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Imagine being a parent whose lost parental rights to your child.

A program provided by the Centers for Children and Families makes it possible to rekindle those relationships, but a lack of volunteers is putting out the flame.

The program is called, Kids First.  The program unites children and non-custodial parents together with a volunteer monitor.

A trained volunteer must be present in order for that visitation to take place.  The only problem is they don't have enough volunteers to make it happen.

"We're having so many kids that are needing to be with non-custodial parents and we need more volunteers to come in and help," Midland Volunteer Ethel "Granny E" Mapp, said. "A lot of times, some volunteers have to monitor two rooms at a time, which is usually the less involved cases, but we need the people."

The volunteer obligation is only two hours on Saturday morning or Thursday evening, once or twice a month.

For more information on kids first or how you can become a volunteer, call 432-638-1122.