Newly appointed CASA members in Walton County get sworn in

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization of volunteers dedicated to working in the Alcovy CASA district (Walton and Newton counties), had a swearing in ceremony last week for a new group of volunteers.
From left, Patty Burner, Betsy Irby, Judge Stanley Rhymer, Melanie Jackson, Tim Schnabel, Teresa Barczak, Ginger Jewell (not pictured) at a swearing in ceremony for CASA Volunteers receiving court appointment for the Alcovy CASA region. Contributed photo

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.

These volunteers will be 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, according to the advocate coordinator for Walton County. There is always a need for more volunteers. Potential volunteers must be 21 years of age or older, pass a required background check and complete a 40-hour training class.
If you believe this is something you can and want to do, you can find more information by:
Emailing Kathy Suber, Volunteer Recruiter at
Checking out the website at
Liking them on FaceBook,

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