Congratulations to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Winn Parish who were sworn in by Judge Derr on Monday, June 1, 2020.
CASA, which stands for court-appointed special advocate, is a program that trains volunteers to work with neglected children in court cases to determine what is in the best interest of keeping them safe and nurtured.
CASAs serve as an extension of the eyes and ears of the judge in dependency court cases. Volunteers undergo more than 30 hours of training that includes observation of dependency court hearings. After being sworn in, a CASA is appointed by a judge to represent a child in a selected case.
The CASA researches the child’s reports and conducts interviews with the child, parents, family members, teachers, doctors, social workers and others. CASAs also spend time with each child, monitoring court proceedings and court-ordered services.
The CASA then compiles a report for the judge with information from the research and interviews about what the CASA believes is in the best interest of the child. A CASA stays with assigned to a child’s case until it is resolved.
THE NEW CASA VOLUNTEERS
The following individuals were sworn in during a June ceremony to serve as court-appointed special advocates in cases involving abused and neglected children.
- Karen Johnson
- Mary Tracy
- Christopher Williams
- Tawny Wagoner
- Debra Hubbard
- Lowell Hubbard