CASA of Menominee County Welcomes New Volunteers

November 13, 2015

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2015 Swearing-in

Pictured left to right are Barb Callahan, Judge Daniel Hass and Sara Hensley.

 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Menominee County welcomed Barb Callahan and Sara Hensley as its newest volunteers on November 4, 2015 at a swearing-in ceremony conducted at the Menominee County Courthouse by Family Court Judge Daniel E. Hass and witnessed by friends and family members.

These CASA volunteers will advocate for children who come before Family Court due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect.  CASA volunteers are screened, trained and sworn as officers of the court to focus on securing the safest placement for each child.

CASA volunteers undergo extensive training consisting of more than 30 hours of classroom instruction and Court observation.  Volunteers are appointed to advocate for just one child or sibling group.  Weekly visits with their appointed child(ren) as well as consistent contact with each child’s biological and/or foster families, extended family, teachers, social services workers, therapists and other relevant persons allows CASA volunteers to become thoroughly familiar with their CASA children.  This familiarity makes it possible for CASA volunteers to make fact- based recommendations to the Court on what is in each child’s best interest.

CASA of Menominee County receives funding from the Tri-City Area United Way to conduct volunteer training. The CASA program currently has 10 sworn volunteers.  The appointment of these newest volunteers means a total of 208 of 248 eligible children will have received CASA volunteer advocacy since the program started in December 2004.

CASA of Menominee County also currently has a need for persons interested in serving as CASA Board members.  For more information, visit www.menomineecasa.com, phone 715-923-7250 or email casa@new.rr.com

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