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Community Volunteers Sworn in as Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children

Michelle Bent

Monday, March 31, 2014 • 12:16pm

Eleven volunteers from Morris and Sussex Counties were recently sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) by The Honorable Catherine I. Enright, Presiding Family Court Judge of the Morris/Sussex Vicinage. The ceremony was held at the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown. The new volunteers include Miriam Boylan (Rockaway), Kristen Dawson (Rockaway), Sue Enright (Netcong), Jack Marks (Brookside), Matthew Milone (Flanders), Denise Postlethwaite (Morristown), Lisa Scott (Denville), Siobhan Sharkey (Ledgewood) and Cheryl Wallace (Oak Ridge). Mary Jo Saunders (Morristown) and Michelle Bent (Livingston) are also members of the training class. They will be sworn in next month.

These community members are volunteers for CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, a local non-profit organization. CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Essentially, CASA volunteers “speak up” for these children in court, making sure they are receiving the services they need, and are placed in a permanent, safe, and nurturing home as soon as possible. CASA volunteers make recommendations to the court to further the child’s physical, psychological, and educational well-being.

CASA volunteer advocates participated in an extensive 36 hour training program before officially being sworn in to be assigned to a child in the foster care system. Prior to the swearing in ceremony, volunteers and their guests gathered at the CASA office in Morristown for a welcome reception.

These individuals have made an extraordinary commitment to serve as advocates and positive role models to vulnerable children in Morris and Sussex Counties.

“Swearing In ceremonies are an important event as we connect new volunteers to our CASA Family.  Our CASA volunteer advocates are the heart and soul of our organization.  They are passionate and dedicated to bringing better tomorrows to vulnerable children,” said Dr. Lisa Firkser, CASA Executive Director.

About CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties is part of a statewide network of community-based, non-profit programs that recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child.” These children have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. CASA is the only program in New Jersey that uses trained volunteers to work one‐on‐one with children, ensuring that each one gets the services needed and achieves permanency in a safe, nurturing home. Visit www.casamsc.org or call 973-998-7590 for more information about CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties.

 

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