New Group of Court Appointed Special Advocates Welcomed

New Group of Court Appointed Special Advocates Welcomed
(Left to Right) Donald Cook Southeast Nebraska CASA Program Coordinator, Nichole Reckly, Heather Mc Kinney, Josi Zito Judge Steven B. Timm, Jamie Eichenberger, Shane Eichenberger, Roger L. Harris Gage County Attorney.

BEATRICE –  A new group of Court Appointed Special Advocates has taken an oath of service, in the 1st Judicial District of southeast Nebraska.

Gage County Judge Steve Timm administered the oath to five new members of CASA.

Southeast Nebraska CASA Program Coordinator Donald Cook says the volunteers are appointed to juvenile cases where children have been removed from the home into foster care, through no fault of their own.

Volunteers conduct an independent investigation for the judge, providing a written report at each juvenile review hearing.  A CASA appointed volunteer stays with each case until its resolution.  That can mean permanently returning a child to his or her home, appointing a guardian or in some cases, adoption.  Cook says Nebraska has over 5,000 children in out of home placement, and he says the CASA program is always looking to recruit, train and support more advocates.

Court Appointed Special Advocates do their work, at no compensation.  There are volunteers in the program from Gage, Jefferson, Saline, Seward and Thayer Counties.  The Southeast Nebraska program has offices in Fairbury and Seward.

You can find out more about the non-profit Southeast Nebraska CASA Program, or make a donation at:

www.southeastnebraskacasa.org

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