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CASA of the Bluegrass announces winter 2020 volunteer training

CASA 

News release

CASA of the Bluegrass is preparing for the next volunteer training session beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Boyle County CASA of the Bluegrass Office. CASA volunteer training consists of in-class sessions, pre-work, and court observations.  

A court-appointed special advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer appointed by Hon. Bruce Petrie, family court judge for the 50th Judicial Circuit. They speak up for the best interests of abused, neglected or dependent children in Boyle and Mercer counties who are brought before court for reasons of abuse, neglect or dependency and bring urgency to a child’s needs, both in and out of the courtroom. CASA volunteers advocate for safety, permanence and well-being for children through independent recommendations. 

CASA of the Bluegrass continues to serve its communities’ children who are victims of abuse and neglect but can’t fully do so without the support and help from people like you. Every year, our CASA volunteers are closing cases. Closing a case means a child has been successfully reunified with family members or has been placed in a safe, secure and permanent home, not languishing in a long-term foster care or treatment facility. 

In 2019, CASA of the Bluegrass advocated for 307 individual child victims, and assisted in closing 109 cases and finding permanency for 109 children — ensuring that they have a safe and permanent home.

We need more dedicated individuals to add to our outstanding volunteer program. We have the cure to child abuse. It lies within each of us. Please become part of the solution to end child abuse and neglect by becoming a CASA volunteer today. Apply to become a volunteer at www.casaofthebluegrass.org.

If you have additional questions about training or becoming a volunteer, contact: Kyle Huffman, Program Development Coordinator CASA of the Bluegrass (859)936-3510 or at kyle@casaofthebluegrass.org.