The CASA program completed their last training for 2019. On Oct. 10, six new Court Appointed Special Advocates joined an elite group of volunteers. Darren Heeke, Shairon Nicoson, Sheila Sowers, Rhonda Smith and Glenda and Steve Frees completed CASA 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 appearances and receive 12 hours of continuing education each year. The next training session starts the first week of February. Contact Kate if you are interested in advocating for a child in Montgomery County, firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-362-0694, ext 106.