Appleton, Nov. 25, 2013 – CASA of the Fox Cities, Inc. will swear in its first class of 15 court-appointed special advocates at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Outagamie County Courthouse in Branch 7 with Circuit Court Judge John Des Jardins presiding.
The Swearing-In Ceremony is the culmination of 40 hours of training completed over the past five weeks to prepare advocate volunteers for appointments by local judges to serve on behalf of abused and neglected children within Outagamie County courts.
“We at CASA of the Fox Cities are beyond excited to see our very first group of advocate volunteers taking the oath to serve abused and neglected children within Outagamie County courts,” said Executive Director Maria Turner. “Their voices will lift up the voices of children who historically have been underserved in courtrooms across the country. It’s time to change that locally.”
The CASA volunteers in the first training group are made up of people from diverse professional backgrounds, ages, races and personal experiences. There are 12 women and three men. They reside in Appleton, Neenah and Hortonville.
“We are encouraged by the different skills these volunteers will bring to their roles, which will help us serve a wide variety of children,” Turner said.
The Swearing-In Ceremony is happening just one year after CASA of the Fox Cities received its 501(c)3 nonprofit designation and provisional membership from National CASA. Its occurrence before the end of 2013 ensures judges will be able to start assigning cases after Jan. 1, 2014.