Court Appointed Special Advocates offering training in August

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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Volunteers for Coweta CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates - were sworn in earlier this year by Coweta Juvenile Court Judge Joe Wyant. From left are Jonathan Kirkpatrick, Wyant, Dewonda Waller and Ashley Johnson.

Coweta CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates, will be having a training session for volunteers in August.

The organization will also be offering the 'Fostering Futures' training for volunteers who want to advocate for older youth (14 and up).

CASA volunteers work as advocates for the best interests of specific children in the foster care system. They are assigned a child and work with that child throughout the system, including going to court, visiting, helping find family members, and the like.

The volunteer training runs Aug. 13 to Sept. 19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is also a court observation period, which occurs during normal business hours.

Fostering Futures is a training curriculum put out by National CASA that enhances volunteers' expertise to advocate for older youth. It is an optional training for seasoned volunteers who are particularly drawn to advocating for that age group. Coweta CASA is offering the training in coordination with Advo-Kids CASA, which serves Fayette, Spalding, Upson and Pike counties, with funding from the Katz Foundation and the National CASA Association. The date has not been determined, 'but we are aiming for August at a place convenient for both programs' volunteers,' said Traci Corné, executive director of Coweta CASA.

Volunteers who were sworn in earlier this year include Jennifer Hungerford, Jonathan Kirkpatrick, Dewonda Waller and Ashley Johnson. They were the first CASA volunteers sworn in by Juvenile Court Judge Joe Wyant, who took office in January.

For more information about the training sessions or about CASA, call 770-253-0046, e-mail Traci@cowetacasa.org or visit CowetaCASA.org .



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