We welcome new advocates (Left to Right) Jaclyn Castleberry, Sharon Smith , Tanji Dlmas, and Crissie Bennett to our CASA Corridor of East Tennessee family.
McMinn County General Sessions Judge – Honorable Wylie Richardson and Rhea County General Sessions Judge – Honorable Shannon Garrison swears in new advocates to ‘speak out’ for abused and/or neglected children.
Volunteer Advocates Role
The advocate’s role is to investigate, monitor, facilitate, and speak out for children who are before the juvenile courts for abuse and/or neglect. The advocate is to make an unbiased recommendation to the judge so that the child(ren) can be placed in a safe permanent home as quickly as possible.
How to become an advocate?
The process to become an advocate in McMinn, Meigs or Rhea Counties first starts with a willingness to complete the application and interview process, 30 hours of training at our local CASA office or in some cases through our independent study program. After completion of the training each person is required to do 2 hours of courtroom observation. All advocates must pass a complete criminal and child abuse screening. All advocates must be at least 21 years old.
If you are interesting in becoming an advocate for abused and neglected children, please contact our office at 423.746.9037 or click here for our contact page for more information.