EATON — Two new CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers for abused and neglected children were sworn in by the Judge Jenifer Overmyer on Wednesday, April 13.
The newly appointed CASA volunteers will advocate for children in the Preble County Juvenile Court because the children have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect or otherwise necessitated Children Services involvement. As officers of the court, the volunteers ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and their best interests are considered.
CASA volunteers are asked to meet with the child regularly and authorized to interview people in the child’s life such as social workers, attorneys, and teachers. They attend court hearings and report their findings to the judge.
Numerous Preble County children are waiting for a CASA volunteer to serve as their voice in Preble County Juvenile Court proceedings and more advocates are desperately needed. The only prerequisites for becoming a CASA volunteer are being at least 21 years of age, clearing an extensive background screening and successfully completing 30hours of training.
If interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer and the rewards that accompany being the voice of an abused or neglected child, contact Debbie at 937-456-2885. For more information check out our website at https://prebleohiojuvenileprobate.org/programs/casa/