From Left to Right: New CASA volunteer Guardians Martha Rauen, Betsy Anderson, Annette Nienajadly, Tina Allen, Shannon Day, Liz Powers, Pamela Rada, and Kathy Knauff
CASA for Clermont Kids and the Honorable Judge James A. Shriver held a swearing in ceremony Monday, November 9th, adding eight new Guardians ad Litem to the CASA volunteer Program.
CASA for Clermont Kids is a non-profit agency that provides court advocates to speak for the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children who have entered the Clermont County Juvenile Court system through no fault of their own. CASA recruits and trains community citizen volunteers to serve as Guardians ad Litem who independently work to serve as a child’s advocate and voice in court.
Established in 1998, CASA for Clermont Kids served 197 abused, neglected, and dependent children in Clermont County in 2014 alone. Typically these children have been removed from their parents and placed in alternate care through no fault of their own. The eight new volunteers will serve as advocates to all the children in a family in any case to which they are assigned. The new volunteers will join a CASA team and swell the ranks of currently serving CASAs to 48 community minded citizens who will serve children who need a voice in the courtroom.