CASA names its volunteer advocates of the year

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Posted 12/8/19

Pamela Wilson was recently named Volunteer Advocate of the Year for CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties. CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who are involved in the court system due to abuse and neglect.

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CASA names its volunteer advocates of the year

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Pamela Wilson was recently named Volunteer Advocate of the Year for CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties.

CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who are involved in the court system due to abuse and neglect.

“Pam’s dedication has been an invaluable asset to CASA since 2016,” stated executive director Christopher Janetzko. “Every CASA organization around the United States is reliant on the active participation of their volunteers, but Pam’s continued involvement has gone far above the requirements of an advocate.”

Polk County Advocate supervisor Jane Wright made the announcement while staff, advocates, and board members enjoyed a meal donated by Olive Garden, at CASA’s annual holiday party.

Wright explained the staff chose Wilson for the award because she has worked hard to develop strong relationships with every child with whom she has advocated on behalf, and because she has taken on extra responsibilities such as attending docket meetings, assisting with reporting on cases in court, and mentoring other advocates. 

Wilson has been a truly invaluable asset to CASA, as she has chosen to focus solely on serving the children in Ducktown and the surrounding communities of eastern Polk County, according to Janetzko.

Wilson’s dedication to this traditionally underserved region has been especially valuable, as eastern Polk County is the most rural area CASA serves, and the furthest community from the nonprofit’s main office in Cleveland. 

CASA is looking for  more volunteers who have the same enthusiasm as Wilson. The next training sessions for new volunteers starts in January. Those interested in attending are encouraged to apply immediately, as the process can be quite lengthy. 

Volunteers will be trained by CASA staff about child welfare best practices, and how to advocate for a child’s best interest. After completing the training, these volunteers will be sworn in by a local judge, and then will be able to advocate for children in both Bradley and Polk counties.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer advocate should visit www.casabp.org or call 423-472-5800. 

CASA is partially funded under grant contracts with the State of Tennessee, the National CASA/GAL Association, and United Way of the Ocoee Region. 

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