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Little Dixie CASA® schedules volunteer oriantation

August 18, 2011

Little Dixie CASA® schedules volunteer orientation

If the tragic stories of abused and neglected children have broken your heart repeatedly, it may be time to take a positive step and make a real difference in a child’s life. Little Dixie Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is offering volunteer training for all individuals wanting to become a child advocate.

Volunteers will complete 30 hours of specialized training and juvenile court observations as well as undergo background checks and an extensive screening interview. Once trained, the judge swears in volunteers as advocates for abused and neglected children. CASAs gather information by contacting the child and everyone involved in the child’s life, including family, DHS, attorneys and other professionals. They are able to make well-informed recommendations to the court regarding the child’s best interest and provide additional pertinent information that helps the judge make important decisions that affect the child. CASA volunteers look forward to helping children by seeing that they are in a safe, permanent home and replacing their world of fear with one of hope.

A Volunteer Orientation for all individuals who are interested in becoming a child advocate will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Program coordinator, Dawn Standridge will be on hand at the Little Dixie Family Service Center at 603 S.W. “B” Street in Antlers to talk about CASA training & child advocacy. Training will begin in September. For more information, please contact Little Dixie CASA at 298-2921. You can also contact the program at

You have the power to help make a difference in a child’s life.


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