New CASA volunteers sworn in
Friday, Dec 2, 2016
Helena Independent Record. Community Briefs.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, the Judge James P. Reynolds swore in nine new volunteers as CASA volunteers — court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children. Family and friends gathered in the courthouse to watch the volunteers take an oath promising to advocate for the best interest of the child.
The newly appointed CASA volunteers join 60 other dedicated community members who have been trained and are advocating for foster children in the county’s juvenile dependency court system. As officers of the court, they ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.
CASA volunteers are asked to meet with the child regularly and are authorized to interview people in the child’s life such as social workers, attorneys, and teachers. They attend court hearings with the child and report their findings to the judge.
With more than 25 children waiting for a CASA volunteer, many more advocates are still needed. There are no prerequisites for becoming a CASA volunteer other than being at least 21 years of age, clearing an extensive background screening and successfully completing 30 hours of training.
Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer and the rewards that come along with serving as the voice of a child, please contact 457-0797.