FRANKLIN— September 25, 2012,  8 community members were sworn in as Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers. CASA volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children in the Williamson County Juvenile Court system.

Every year in Williamson County 100’s of children are brought before the court because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. CASAs’ are trained to independently investigate these children’s situations, and report back to the court with their findings. CASA’s ultimate goal is for the child to be in safe, permanent homes.

Each volunteer completed 30 hours of training and 3 hours of court observation prior to standing before the Honorable Sharon Guffee to swear an oath to represent and advocate for our community's most vulnerable children. Following the swearing in Magistrate Guffee told the CASA volunteers,

 “I want to thank you all for making this commitment to serve the children of our community.  Today is the beginning of a journey that will change your life forever, and will change the lives of our community’s abused and neglected children. The children you serve may never know how much time and energy you commit to them but we are very aware of your impact at Juvenile court.”

 CASA serves the crisis in which basic rights and needs of our most vulnerable citizens—our children—are being violated because their own family does not provide love, sustainability and protection for them.  Williamson County CASA is here to stand up for these children and give them the voice they deserve.  CASA stands up for their right to be safe, to be loved, to have friends and live in a home with a real family so they can thrive.

 The next training class will be in February of 2013. For more information about Williamson County CASA, Inc., or to volunteer or make a donation, call (615) 591-2699.

Photo #1:   (left to right).  Barbara Tierno (Program Director), Bob Selby (volunteer advocate), Sylvia Cappellino (volunteer advocate), Heather Scott (volunteer advocate), Honorable Sharon Guffee (Williamson County Juvenile Court Magistrate), Felicity Strunce (volunteer advocate), Cheryl Sanders (volunteer advocate), Priscilla Kinney (volunteer advocate), Doug Langston (volunteer advocate) and Danielle McMorran (Director of Development and Public Relations).

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