Sheridan County CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, is in the process of recruiting volunteers to join their program. Jo Forbes is the Volunteer Coordinator for CASA, and says that a new training session will begin Monday, October 4th, with meetings held throughout the month. Forbes explains.
CASAs are appointed by a judge and work with children in neglect or abuse cases. A CASA advocate receives thirty hours of specialized training prior to being sworn in, and is then assigned a case. A CASA will then become familiar with the case, attend meetings and court hearings, and write a formal report to the court as to what course of action would be in the children's best interest.
Forbes, who has been a CASA for seven years, tells us what makes an ideal CASA.
If you would like to train to become a CASA volunteer, please call Jo Forbes at 675-2272.