CASA training seats still available

Published 12:54 pm Monday, January 15, 2024

NEWS RELEASE

Seats are still available in the next training for new CASA volunteers serving in Lincoln and Garrard counties. The training classes begin Jan. 23 and wrap up March 5, with a graduation ceremony at the end of March.

CASA volunteers are matched with children in the family court system who need someone to listen and advocate for their needs. Each CASA volunteer invests about 5-10 hours a month visiting their assigned child, talking to others in the child’s life, writing reports and attending court hearings with their Volunteer Manager.

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Children who receive a CASA volunteer have more hope for the future, do better in school and are far less likely to re-enter the foster system after their cases close.

“Garrard and Lincoln counties have the fastest-growing CASA program in the state for their population,” said Melynda Jamison, Executive Director. “That’s excellent because there are still many more children who have suffered abuse or neglect who need a CASA volunteer. We hope to fill up this training with people who care about the future of Lincoln and Garrard counties so that we can change children’s lives for the better.”

This winter training is specifically for people interested in serving children with Garrard or Lincoln cases. Here is the schedule of classes, which will be held in Lancaster:

• Jan. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• Jan. 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• Feb. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Feb. 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• Feb. 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• Feb. 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• Feb. 27, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

• March 5, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Court observation and a final interview will be scheduled individually toward the end of the training. The swearing in ceremony for new CASA volunteers will be 5:30 p.m. March 26.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, you can apply at www.casaoflexington.org/apply. For more information about CASA in Garrard and Lincoln counties, email garrardcounty@casaoflexington.org or lincolncounty@casaoflexington.org; call (606) 442-1355; or visit www.casaoflexington.org.