New CASA Volunteers Sworn In

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Another group of volunteers has raised their hands, swearing to help protect the interests of young people who are in the juvenile court system. Five new Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASAs were sworn in by Madison County Juvenile Court Judge Christy Little. CASAs are 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 lawyers are of course concerned with protecting the rights of the parents and the state has their interest to protect. but we want to provide someone to speak only on behalf of the child, to investigate the circumstances of this child’s case and to present it to the juvenile court, so that the judge will have all of the information necessary to make a very informed decision,” said Michelle Shirley,, executive director of Madison County CASA. Before being sworn in, CASA volunteers must undergo 30 hours of training. For more information about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, contact Madison County Juvenile Court.

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