Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis packs bags for foster kids going to court
The Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis, along with its Interact Club, packed bags for foster children at the new youth court building in Hancock County.
The bags stuffed will be handed out to children when they appear in court for child neglect or abuse cases.
The bags are filled with coloring books that explain the court process as well as trading cards and pamphlets about the Court Appointed Special Advocate program’s four-year-old facility dog, Remi.
Remi was brought to the program from Canine Companions for Independence and works full time at the court to help give the children a comforting companion through the court process. CASA Program Director Cynthia Chauvin said, “For us to be able to have Remi and then for us to be able to give them a memento, the coloring book to explain the court process, it’s all about making kids feel more comfortable and feel safer in the courtroom and make court more humane.”
Interact Club of Bay St. Louis President Vaeda Hobbs said, “We just want to do everything we can for the community with service and we really want to help the kids because they are already going through traumatic experiences, so we just want to make it a little easier for them.”
In total, the clubs packed about 153 bags for the children.