Six Logan county residents were sworn into the CASA for Kids Serving Payne and Logan Counties program on Wednesday morning in Judge Louis Duel’s courtroom. Pam Morris, Brent Lemmons, Suzanne Hubbard, Julie Ward, Melinda Byus and Lindsey Speligene took the oath to serve abused and neglected children in DHS custody.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are desperately needed in the area to serve the growing population of children in foster homes who need their voices heard in the courtroom. CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of the best interests of the children in their cases. Training consists of 15 hours of online training, 15 hours of in-person training, and three hours of courtroom observation.
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are employed full-time outside the home while others are retired or full-time parents. Volunteers spend an average of 10 hours per month on their cases and can schedule all appointments except court appearances to fit their schedules. Most cases have hearings three to five times per year. The next training class begins October 28th, so those interested should begin the screening process soon.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is urged to call the local CASA office at (405) 293-6200, visit them at 116 N. Broad in Guthrie, or follow their Facebook page, CASA for Kids Serving Logan County.
In addition, the CASA program is actively seeking board members from Logan County. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2019. For more information, please contact Diane Rush or Jo Ewy, case supervisors, at Diane@casaforkids.com or Jo@casaforkids.com.
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