New CASA Volunteers Sworn In As Guardian Ad Litems in Juvenile Court

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 Congratulations to our newest CASA Volunteer Training graduates sworn in on May 5, 2017, by Chief Juvenile Judge Jan Wheeler.

Appalachian CASA staff members graduated six new CASA volunteers to be sworn in as officers of the court.   From left to right: Kerri Henderson, Volunteer Supervisor, Melanie Davis, Advocacy and Training Manager, Don Evans, Jessica Kassow, Kimberly Rodriguez, Tony Guisasola, Becky Guisasola, Mary Anderson, Chief Juvenile Judge Jan Wheeler, Dianne Scoggins, Executive Director, Lisa Salman, Volunteer Supervisor,

Many more child advocates are still needed! Won’t you help us reach every child?  Two out of every three abused and neglected children is waiting for a CASA volunteer to stand up for a child.  You can help!  

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are making a tremendous difference in the lives of abused or neglected children in the foster care system. Appalachian Judicial Circuit recognizes the positive difference that CASA volunteers have made to children.  These children are faced with tough situations, and entering the foster care system can be traumatic.  They aren’t just removed from their homes but most times are removed from their schools, friends and community.

CASA volunteers are specifically trained as guardian ad litems.  Their court appointment order gives them the authority to talk to and get to know the child.   Volunteer advocates speak to everyone involved in the child’s life, including their family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and others; and makes written recommendations to the court for the child’s best interest.  The advocate is often the only constant adult presence in the child’s life.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer and the rewards that come along with serving as the voice of a child, you can visit our Facebook page at CASA of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.  The next child advocate training session for Gilmer, Fannin and Pickens counties is scheduled for July 21, 2017. For additional information contact Melanie Davis, Advocacy and Training Manager, at 706.515.2700, 706.276.CASA, or via email at advocacy@appalachiancasa.com

 

CONTACT: Melanie Davis, Advocacy and Training Manager
Appalachian CASA 706-515-2700 or advocacy@appalachiancasa.com.

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