Sullivan County is joining the network of volunteers that help children thrust into the court system. Today, was Sullivan’s kickoff for the CASA program, that’s Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Once trained, the volunteers become the voice for abused and neglected kids.
“CASA volunteers help with that process by walking along with the child and then also allowing the judge to have some additional input so he can create a positive outcome,” said Susie Pierce, CASA program director.
Last year, more than 200 children passed through Sullivan County courts, and the number is expected to be higher this year.
“CASA is a great tool for a judge, because a CASA volunteer will go out and speak with the children, speak with the family, speak with the case worker then they come back and report to the court. So they are really the eyes and ears and the voice for those children,” said Judge Bob Hunley.
The program hopes to recruit at least 15 volunteers to start. To participate, you must be at least 21 years old, pass a background check and complete about 30 hours of training.