These court appointed special advocates, CASA for short, finished 30 hours of training, and were sworn in by Nez Perce County Judge Jay Gaskill Monday night. The judge commended them for the tough job they've signed up to do...be a voice for children in the courtroom.
"They say that every year in the United States about 19,000 children are abused, neglected, or just not cared for," said Judge Gaskill. "Of those children, two per day die. So it's a very, very important job that you have."
"By being sworn-in and the judge giving some instruction and welcoming you to the process, it just adds that gravity to how important the work is," said CASA Volunteer, Gregory Garrett. "I guess we all hope that we'll be balanced and fair and really good at what we've been trained to do."
District Two CASA serves the L-C Valley and surrounding regions. If you'd like to get involved, head to our Facebook page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/KLEWNews