CASA adds eight new advocates

By Marisa Gilbert

CASA Vista

Posted 10/15/17

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Bradley

and Polk counties recently gained eight new volunteer advocates to their

agency. After completing an intensive 30-hour training process and …

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CASA adds eight new advocates

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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Bradley and Polk counties recently gained eight new volunteer advocates to their agency.

After completing an intensive 30-hour training process and receiving their certification, they were sworn in by Judge Daniel Swafford earlier this month. The advocates are Natalie Barrionuevo, Grace Calfee, Kim Mitchell, Shirley Morgan, Michelle Quintero, Mackenzie Tatum, Karen Viser and Sharon Watkins.

This brings CASA’s total to 37 volunteers serving vulnerable children in the court system, ensuring each child has a safe and permanent place to call home.

“I am so thankful to be a part of an organization that keeps growing,” said CASA Executive Director Holly Carroll. “With more advocates that means we can reach more children.”

National CASA provided each advocate-in-training with a Volunteer Training Curriculum Manual for the weekly readings and presenters for each in-class session used the same curriculum as a guide to their teaching. Ten chapters were covered over a six-week span and taught by either CASA staff or experienced advocates. Topics discussed included introduction to the CASA/GAL volunteer role; introduction to law, the Child Protection System, and the Courts; developing cultural competence; understanding families parts one and two; understanding children, communicating as a CASA/GAL volunteer; gathering information; and reporting and monitoring.

CASA of Bradley and Polk counties is a nonprofit that works with local volunteers to make sure the voices of abused and neglected children are heard. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have an unstable home situation.

These volunteers speak on behalf of an otherwise voiceless child and represent their best interests in court.

For more information on CASA’s upcoming advocate training session, contact Chris Janetzko at outreach@casabp.org.

 

 

 


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