Judges Mary Beth Priest and John Worcester are joined by Appalachian CASA Executive Director Dianne Scoggins as they swear in newly-graduated court appointed special advocates as officers of the court. Pictured, from fourth from left, are new CASAs Robert Kenyon, Joe Cano, Hettie Elm, Gina Bennett and Peggy Bussert.

You can be an ‘everyday hero’ in Appalachian CASA program

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 for children faced with tough situations and entering the foster care system, which can be traumatic. They aren’t just removed from their homes, but most times they are also removed from their schools, friends and community.

CASA volunteers are specifically trained as guardian ad litems. Volunteer advocates speak to everyone involved in the child’s life, including their family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and others. They then make 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.

Two out of every three abused and neglected children are waiting for a CASA volunteer to stand up for a child. You can help!

Many more child advocates are still needed. You can be an everyday hero and help us reach every child.

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer and rewards that come along with serving as the voice of a child, visit the Facebook page “CASA of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.”

The next child advocate training session for Gilmer, Fannin and Pickens counties is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 12, 2018.

For more details, contact Melanie Davis, advocacy and training manager at 706-515-2700, 706-276-CASA or advocacy@appalachiancasa.com.

Times Courier

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