Weatherford Democrat

April 10, 2014

CASA swears in largest advocates class ever


Weatherford Democrat

— CASA-Hope for Children recently had one of the largest advocate swearing-in classes in its eight-year history.

The following community volunteers were sworn in on March 21 by County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Ben Akers: Don Griffies, Pam Homsher, Sharon Allen, Jay Birdwell, Carrie Flynn, Mary Brandin and Ruth Hanson. Brenda Reynolds was later sworn in by 29th Judicial District Court Judge Mike Moore, and Sharon Griffies was also later sworn in.   

With the steadily increasing number of children and cases in Parker and Palo Pinto counties, CASA-Hope for Children has initiated a “call to action” in hopes of attracting volunteers. In the month of March, CASA was appointed to 24 children, with just a few volunteers to spare. All volunteers recently sworn in were immediately assigned a case.   

CASA volunteers play an essential role helping abused children find permanency in an overburdened court system. In 2012, the organization helped to find safe and permanent homes for approximately 175 children. The agency is currently serving more than 358 children.

A new free training class begins Monday, April 28. Two sessions are available – an evening session from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Aledo and a morning session, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the CASA office located at 701 Palo Pinto St., Suite 701F, Weatherford.

Please consider becoming a CASA volunteer advocate to help a foster child. For more information about CASA or becoming an advocate to help a foster child, visit www.casaofparkercounty.com or call 817-599-6224 for more information.