FROM STAFF REPORTS
PALO PINTO – After 29th District Judge Jerry Ray swore in four Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers last month, the new advocates became ready to take a Palo Pinto County case involving abused and neglected children.
With 30 hours of training behind them, Myra Lawrence, Drusilla Howell, Linda Menchaca and Patricia Whitlow are on the CASA force, which means CASA will appoint them to a child or sibling group that has been removed from their home by Child Protective Services due to abuse and/or neglect.
Judge Ray will appoint a CASA volunteer to be his eyes and ears in a child’s case and she (or he) will report to the judge throughout the duration of the case. The volunteer also advocates for the child’s best interests.
The four Palo Pinto County advocates were part of a seven-member class that completed the course in early October. The class consisted of Palo Pinto County and Parker County residents who will be appointed to cases in each of those counties. New Parker County CASA volunteers are Dianne McMahan, Rosemarie Swaim and Dana Strittmatter.
Typically an advocate spends 15 to 20 hours a month on one case, which includes visiting the child, reading reports and communicating with others in the case. The CASA volunteer will go to court for their child or children four to five times a year.
For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer or how to help the organization, call (940) 325-1096 or email email@example.com.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
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