Seven volunteers have been sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates for CASA of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties. They took an oath to "faithfully and impartially perform and discharge all the duties of a guardian ad litem in the best interests of the children they serve."
A guardian ad litem advocates for a child's best interest for the duration of the court process in abuse and neglect cases. A GAL could be a CASA volunteer or an attorney.
Seneca County Juvenile Court Judge Jay Meyer swore in volunteers to be active in Seneca County: Jennifer Berrier, Attica; Chris Cover and Vanessa Eley, Sycamore; Angela Goodin, Fremont; and Tina Schlachter, New Riegel.
Sandusky County Juvenile Court Judge Brad Smith swore in Pamela Steele of Oak Harbor, along with Berrier, Goodin and Schlachter, who are to volunteer in Sandusky County.
Wyandot County Judge Kathleen Aubry administered the oath to Kristin Miller of Carey, as well as Berrier, Cover and Eley, who are to take Wyandot County cases.
Peter Green and Wendy Norris of Fostoria also completed training and will be sworn in at a later date in Seneca County.
CASA of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is a private nonprofit organization working to make sure abused and neglected children have strong advocates as their voice in court. Upon completing more than 30 hours of training, the court assigns cases of child abuse and neglect to a CASA volunteer. The volunteer collects information about individual troubles and struggles of each child, which then are reported to a judge as fairly and clearly as possible.
The next volunteer training class is to begin this spring. Call (419) 448-1442, (419) 355-1442 or (419) 209-1442 to request an application and to learn more about CASA.