"When you see a little kid run to his dad or mom because he sees them for the first time in months … you're done," says Margaret Wuwert. "You're hooked." She's talking about her work as executive director of the Children's Rights Council, which oversees supervised parent-child visits for adults in the court system. Parents facing criminal charges or abuse allegations, whether true or not, can sometimes be kept from their children for long periods while their case works itself out. CRC makes court-approved supervised visitation possible, bringing parents and children together three times a week at Hope United Methodist Church on Sylvania Avenue. But they need your help. For the first time in CRC's 13 years in Toledo, Wuwert is having difficulty getting enough volunteers to supervise the visits. No special training is required, and the time commitment can be as little as one evening a month. The only real qualification, according to Wuwert? "You just have to love kids."
For information, contact Wuwert at CRC, 419-473-8955. www.crckids.org.