New CASA Volunteers Sworn-in
7 Eyewitness News Staff
A new group of volunteers wanting to help protect the interests of young people who are in juvenile court system have raised their hands and have sworn to do just that.
Several new Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs were sworn in, Tuesday by Judge Christy Little. CASAs serve as adult voices for children in the court system who are victims of abuse or neglect on their path to a safe, permanent home.
They spend time with the children and make independent recommendations directly to the judge about what they think is best for the child.
"The cool thing about a CASA volunteer is they develop a relationship with the child over a period of time that they're working the case and they can help the child process through making a decisIon and what's best for them, " said Shannon Stewart, executive director of Madison County CASA.
Before being sworn-in in CASA volunteers must undergo 30 hours of training.