Leslie Carr, a team member and paralegal at ELPO, recently served on a panel to help train the next group of volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Central Kentucky. Leslie was sworn in as a volunteer in August 2016. The training for new volunteers was held in July 2017.
Leslie previously worked as a family resource coordinator at Oakland Elementary School for several years. “It has been an honor to serve as a CASA volunteer and work with children as part of CASA during the past year,” Leslie says. “I knew from my previous work that there was a great need for volunteers, and what I’ve experienced this past year has affirmed that. These children need a constant presence in their lives as they go through the court system to ensure that their needs are considered and met by everyone involved. It’s been incredibly rewarding.”
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Central KY, Inc. is a non-profit agency dedicated to preventing and eliminating further trauma to children. Specifically, CASA works to prevent child victims of abuse, neglect and dependency from further abuse by providing trained community volunteers to advocate for them in the foster care and family court systems. The CASA concept is based on the commitment that every child has the right to a safe, permanent home as soon as possible.
“Anyone who is considering becoming a volunteer should absolutely do so,” Leslie says. “Volunteers will find this to be a truly life-changing experience.”
For more information on how to volunteer, visit the CASA website.