Three new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers who have successfully completed 40 hours of specialized training were sworn in Monday by Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Pape. CASA volunteers are assigned to a foster child’s case and advocate for the child’s best interest in juvenile court proceedings until the case has been resolved.
The goal of the CASA volunteer is to ensure a safe, permanent home for the child as quickly as possible, and as such works closely with all the parties involved in the case. The new volunteers are Stephanie Oliver, Jamie Richey and Amanda Buckner. In addition, Charity Owens and DeLinda Dennett have completed their training but were unavailable for today’s ceremony and will be sworn in at a later date.
Currently, there are more than 200 children in foster care in Floyd County and the need for CASA volunteers has never been greater. New CASA training begins this week. For more information call 706-235-2272 or visit www.floydcountycasa.org.