Alcovy CASA in need of volunteers to work with foster children

By Melanieann Jackson

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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) an organization of volunteers dedicated to working in the Alcovy CASA district (Walton and Newton counties), is in need of volunteers to help improve the lives of some local children.  This body of trained community members advocates for the best interest of the foster children residing in these counties, advocating for children whose lives have been torn, shattered and broken. These children are not a continent away but right here in our own back yards. Alcovy CASA serves 100 percent of the children taken into care by both the Newton and Walton counties Department of Family and Children Services.
After completing their CASA training this week, two new volunteers, Marion Anderson and Shannon Smith, were sworn in by Walton County Judge Stanley Rhymer. Contributed photo

“Our volunteers are assigned  to a specific family and visit the children once a month, speak with all adults involved in the children’s life and provide a written report to the court to make recommendations on the case,” said Marion Mainor, the advocate coordinator for Walton County, adding that volunteers are welcome from all backgrounds. “Potential volunteers must be 21 years of age or older, pass a required background check and complete a 40-hour training class.”

Minor said the training classes are held throughout the year at various times of the day depending when the volunteers are available.
“We are in great need of more volunteers to work with children in Walton County,” Mainor said. Two new volunteers, Marion Anderson and Shannon Smith, were sworn in by Walton County Judge Stanley Rhymer this week.
If you believe this is something you can and want to do, you can find more information by:
Emailing Kathy Suber, Volunteer Recruiter at alcovycasatrainer@aol.com
Checking out the website at www.AlcovyCASA.org
Liking them on FaceBook, www.facebook.com/alcovyCASA

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