FAIRBURY – Four respective community members stood in front of a Judge on Monday evening, taking on the duties as Court Appointed Special Advocates for Jefferson County.
Program Coordinator for Southeast Nebraska CASA Don Cook says, “We deal with abuse and neglected kids. Our volunteers visit with the children at least twice a month. We require two visits a month and they do an actual independent investigation for the court – for the judge.”
Cook tells News Channel Nebraska it’s been years since a group of this size has volunteered. Cook is hoping to get at least 6 more volunteers that come from all walks of life whether they are retired, working full-time, or students.
“Their job is to look out for the best interest of the child that has been removed from their home. It’s pretty stressful for kids when they’re removed from a home. They want to be with their parents but sometimes it’s not in their best interest. So in that time, our volunteers visit with them – twice a month, get to know them. If the children are old enough to be able to speak and speak their wishes, the volunteers bring their wishes to the judge.”
The four new advocates include Jami Diller, Kimberly Williams, Gary Mitchell and Carol Krueger.
Diller is a member of the Fairbury Booster Club and currently works at PVI as a Shipping Coordinator.
Williams is currently a full-time student at SCC and studying Criminal Justice. She’s also the General Manager at Selectel Wireless.
Mitchell is a retired pharmacist from Jefferson County Health & Life.
Krueger is a retired social worker and has 40 years of experience in child welfare.
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