CASA volunteers needed to help foster children

Pictured (l-r): Honorable Judge Timothy M. Wright; new CASA Amanda Moors, and CASA Coordinator Emily Leverance. Photo provided.

On Tuesday April 16, 2019 one passionate individual took an oath in front of the Honorable Judge Wright volunteering to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in Gila County living in foster care.

Amanda Moors has completed 30 hours of specialized training provided by the program and has made a commitment to be a voice for a child that has been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect in Gila County.

“We are thrilled to welcome Amanda to the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program in Southern Gila County,” said Emily Leverance, coordinator for CASA of Gila County. “Her heart and dedication to wanting to help local children in need will make a difference in the lives of the children she will serve”.

CASA volunteers are appointed to a case by a judge and spend approximately 15 hours per month completing various tasks such as visiting the child involved in the case and researching what is happening in that child’s life. They act as the eyes and ears of the court and send a report to the judge before each court hearing, so the judge has complete and unbiased information to base decisions on — in addition to the reports a judge receives from child welfare professionals.

In southern Gila County, only about 17 percent of the children in foster care from our community have a CASA volunteer in their corner. The program welcomes any volunteer who meets the eligibility requirements regardless of their employment status. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen, and pass a thorough screening process. There is no specific degree or experience needed to become a CASA volunteer. All training for the position is provided at no cost to the volunteer.

More volunteers are needed for this important position. CASA volunteers provide a valuable service to judges and also become the one consistent person in the life of a child who is in foster care. If you are interested in more information, please visit CASAofGilaCounty.org or call 928-402-4427.

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