New members of District Seven Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, were sworn in last week by Judge Jason Walker.

New members of District Seven Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, were sworn in last week by Judge Jason Walker. Kristie Eggebroten of Driggs, Lynda Hawkes of Tetonia and Pat Burgette of Tetonia were joined by veteran volunteer, Nancy McCullough-McCoy of Victor and Case Manager Melanie Brown and Executive Director Stacey McAlevy.“I can’t tell you the importance of your work,” said Judge Walker last week. “Being a guardian is huge and really important work.” According to their web site, “The Judicial District Seven CASA Program began serving children in April 1991 and serves children in Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton Counties as appointed.

A CASA are specially trained volunteers from the community who are appointed by the Court to represent the best interests of the child in court. The CASA helps insure that the child’s right to a safe, permanent home is acted upon in a sensitive and expedient manner and that progress is being made to achieve permanency for the child.

National CASA and the regional network of over 900 local community programs supports 70,000 volunteers who serve 280,000 children. Idaho CASA provides critical leadership and support to help the state serve more children. We coordinate volunteer recruitment campaigns and ensure high-quality advocacy throughout the state.

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