WILMINGTON — The Clinton County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) program recently completed its spring 2020 pre-service training.
Karen Jones and Ronda Hughes were sworn in by Clinton County Juvenile Court Judge Chad Carey upon completion of the 30-plus hours of the NCASAA (National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association) curriculum, in courtroom observations, and local, state and federal background checks, as well as Sex Offender Registry checks, and Child Abuse Registry checks.
This training, taught by Clinton County CASA Program Director Kim Vandervort, prepares the CASA volunteers to advocate for the child. The CASA volunteer, as soon as they are assigned to a child, will learn as much as they can about the child and their environment in order to know what is in that child’s best interest.
“Every child deserves a safe and permanent family in which to grow up,” states a CASA news release.
It is a CASA volunteer’s goal to help the child emerge from the trauma or abuse and neglect, and be placed in a safe environment where they can thrive.
Clinton County CASA is looking for community members who are interested in discussing becoming a CASA volunteer. Please call 937-383-1137 for more information on the upcoming fall pre-service training.