Five new CASA volunteers sworn in - Catholic Courier

Five new CASA volunteers sworn in

Five individuals recently pledged to stand up for abused, neglected and at-risk children in Ontario County even if they have to go to court to do so.

These five people stood before Ontario County Family Court Judge Craig Doran June 6 and were sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children going through the Ontario County Family Court system. Through the CASA program, which is administered by Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, these volunteers will be appointed by family court judges to work on specific cases. Each volunteer will investigate his or her assigned case and interview everyone involved with his or her assigned child, including the child’s parents, teachers and caseworkers. Each advocate’s goal is to speak in court in his or her assigned child’s best interests and provide accurate, unbiased information in order to help the judge make a fair ruling.

The CASA program began in Seattle in 1977 and grew into a national organization with more than 900 smaller incarnations in most states. For more information on CASA programs in New York, visit www.casanys.org.

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