These volunteers, as appointed by a juvenile court judge, will be gathering information about the children’s cases, attend all court proceedings and give independent reports to the judge in the best interest of the children. They will help to ensure that the children they speak for will have a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.
Carol Pickersgill, one of our volunteers, expressed her excitement for this moment and cannot wait to start working. “I’ve already made an appointment to see my girl to get things moving forward.” said Carol. Knowing that the little girl likes to read Stephen King, Carol decided to bring her a book of Stephen King and a snickers bar for her. At the same time, the volunteers are also aware that being a CASA means taking responsibilities. “It’s an awesome responsibility in every sense of the word.” said Julie Bower, a new CASA volunteer.
An appreciation dinner was followed after the swearing in. Friends and families celebrated this special moment together with our volunteers and staff. More pictures of the ceremony and celebration can be found on our EVENTS page and FACEBOOK page.
Our Athens-Oconee CASA program now has 54 volunteers working with over 110 children. We are currently recruiting new volunteers for its May training session. You can find the information on the CASA page of our Website by clicking HERE.