Friday, Jun 28, 2019
On June 7 and 14, the Honorable Judge Reynolds swore in 14 new volunteers (and one staff member) as CASA volunteers — court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children. Family and friends gathered in the courthouse for the event.
With the newly appointed CASA volunteers, the organization now has 65 dedicated community members who have been trained and are advocating for foster children in the county’s juvenile dependency court system. As officers of the court, they ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.CASA volunteers are asked to meet with the child regularly and are authorized to interview people in the child’s life such as social workers, attorneys and teachers. They attend court hearings with the child and report their findings to the judge.
CASA currently serves 136 children, with a waitlist of more than 60 that are being monitored by staff. There are no prerequisites for becoming a CASA volunteer other than being at least 21 years of age, clearing an extensive background screening and successfully completing 30 hours of training.
Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer, contact 406-457-0797. CASA of Lewis & Clark and Broadwater counties is a member of the National CASA Association, a network of more than 900 CASA programs serving children in 49 states and Washington, D.C.
Helena Independent Record
Community Briefs, June 28,2019
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