CASA volunteers at a swearing in ceremony. Chief Juvenile Court Judge Jan Wheeler, conducts the ceremony for (l. to r.) Rebecca Tucker, Lorene Phelps, Ann O’Hern Lehr. Photo courtesy of Appalachian CASA
CASA volunteers advocate for abused, neglected children
Chief Juvenile Court Judge Jan Wheeler conducted a swearing in ceremony for three new CASA Volunteers on Friday, June 14. The CASA organization supports CASA volunteers, who are citizens in the community offering individualized attention and best-interests advocacy for children in foster care. The CASA organization is the only model of this kind, built around one child and one compassionate, highly-trained adult advocate.
The mission for Appalachian CASA, as described on its website, is, “Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit (Appalachian CASA) trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit which cover Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties. Our advocates speak up for the best interest of children in juvenile court proceedings to ensure that children find safe, loving, and permanent homes.”
Information provided by Appalachian