By Charlotte Underwood
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – CASA of Campbell County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) had two court advocates sworn in on Wednesday morning.
General Sessions Judge Bill Jones swore in Heather Spradlin and Angie Dickman as they took their oath to advocate on behalf of children in the courtroom.
“This is wonderful for CASA and a huge help to the children going through the court system needing an advocate. We are honored to have two volunteer advocates sworn in by the Honorable Judge Bill Jones. This brings our advocates back up to seven,” said CASA Executive Director Jan Jones.
After being sworn in, the court appointed advocates will then be assigned to children who are going through the court system for various reasons such as child abuse and/or neglect cases. An advocate gets assigned to a child and follows the case from beginning till the case closes.
According to Jones, now that advocates are trained and sworn in, they are “empowered to obtain detailed information related to a child’s case, trained to prepare a written report with recommendations for the judge and to speak for the child’s best interest.”
CASA advocates are a necessity for children going through the court system, making sure the “child has representation,” Jones said.
“I have to listen to all sides, and CASA is invaluable; we use CASA a lot,” Jones said of his position as judge.
CASA Director Jan Jones said more volunteers were always needed.
Jones said she was “grateful to have more people volunteers for the children.”
CASA of Campbell County is a 501(c)(3). The mission of CASA is “to advocate for abused and neglected children by providing them with a voice through trained volunteer advocates. These advocates ensure that each child receives the necessary services they need to be safe, cared for and protected.”
For more information about CASA of Campbell County or to learn more on how to become a volunteer advocate, contact Jan Jones at the office at 423-562-2700 or visit the website. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/28/2023-6AM)