New CASA volunteers take their oaths |

New CASA volunteers take their oaths

The voices of abused and neglected children as well as juveniles who need an advocate just got a little louder and clearer at South Lake Tahoe.

Commissioner William Bradley recently administered the CASA oath to 15 CASA workers after they each successfully completed their CASA training. Each volunteer attended 24 hours of class, observed court hearings, completed interviews and turned in the necessary paperwork needed to be a CASA volunteer. The volunteers are now considered officers of the court and will be assigned to advocate in court for children who have been made part of the court system, usually through no fault of their own.

CASA in South Lake Tahoe currently has 45 adult volunteers who spend between 10 to 15 hours a month with these special kids, building relationships, gathering information and communicating their needs and wishes to the judge at each court hearing.

CASA is pleased to welcome Holly Allen, Barbara Childs, Ernie Claudio, Melinda Cox, Mike Crowley, Kelly Flaherty, Bonnie Hill, Jackie Kowalsky, Melanie Reece, Salvador Solorzano, Joanna Stockman, John Stockman, David Sweet, Faye Walters and James Walters as CASAs. These people truly will be making a difference by providing a powerful voice in court for children who have had no voice of their own.

For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer or supporting this nonprofit organization call the CASA office at (530) 573-3072.

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