Three new advocates were sworn in on Friday, April 26th in Marshall County Circuit Court with the Honorable Curtis D. Palmer. Judge Palmer encouraged the volunteers to be his “eyes and his ears” and emphasized how many people come and go in a child’s life when there is an abuse and neglect case; sometimes a CASA volunteer is the only stable person in that child’s life during that time.
The volunteers completed the required 33 hours of training from the end of February through the beginning of April. The courses were two nights a week for three hours each night. The executive director said CASA hosts two training courses per year, one in the spring and another in the fall. Kittrell said, “CASA is very much in need of passionate volunteers to advocate for the abused and or neglected children in Marshall County. The only requirements are that you must be 21 or older, must complete the training course, and must be able to successfully pass both Department of Child Services and a criminal background check.”
Volunteers range from college students to those working full-time jobs and those who are retired. If you or someone you know is passionate about being a powerful voice for a powerless child, please contact Haley Kittrell at the contact information located below.
Pictured from left to right are: Haley Kittrell (Director of CASA of Marshall County), Sue Thompson, Stuart Krynock, Jessica Choquette and the Honorable Judge Curtis D. Palmer.