The CASA program completed its first training in their new building. On July 17, four new Court Appointed Special Advocates joined an elite group of volunteers. Cindy Tomey, Suzie Nichols, Polly Thomas and Agata Szczeszak-Brewer completed the training. As CASAs, they will advocate for the best interest of children whose family is involved with the Department of Child Services. CASAs get to know the children through visits, attending team meetings, talking with the parents and other family members and school reports. The child’s voice can be heard through the CASA at meetings and in front of the judge at court hearings. To be a CASA, you must be 21 years old, complete necessary background checks, complete 30 hours of training, be available for court appearance and receive 12 hours of continuing education each year. The next training session will start at the beginning of September. Contact Kate if you are interested in advocating for a child in Montgomery County, email@example.com or 765-362-0694, ext 106.