MARINETTE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – Twenty-one volunteers were sworn in Monday to be advocates for abused and neglected children in Marinette County.
The volunteers are known as Court Appointed Special Advocates–or CASA.
The volunteers had to complete a 30-hour training program before they were sworn in at the Marinette County Court House.
“CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. Every day citizens,” says Kristin Jacobs, executive director of CASA. “They’re caring and selfless and they dedicate themselves and their time and talents to advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children and really making a difference in their lives.”
The new CASA volunteers will be paired with a child and visit them weekly. Each month, they’ll submit a report to a judge about the child’s safety and well being.
Marinette County is working in partnership with the CASA program in Brown County.