Valdosta Daily Times

April 2, 2014

CASA volunteers sworn to service


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — On Thursday, March 13, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Alapaha Judicial Circuit welcomed eight new members to the CASA program.

Leslee Stalvey, Crista Burgin, Monique Madison, Mary Clement, Hyeuk Ju Kwon,  Janice Clark, Vivian Hirt and Amos Pittman Jr. are the newest CASA’s, who are trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, or abandoned children in juvenile court proceedings.

Juvenile Court Judge Clayton Tomlinson swore in the new CASA representatives, all of whom live in the Lowndes County area.

“This group was trained at Moody Air Force Base, and most are active military or military spouses,” said Elaine Grice, CASA director. “It is an exciting time for CASA and an exciting time for the volunteers. We need CASA in the military. We have been trying for years to hold training at Moody Air Force Base.”

Judge Tomlinson added, “They (CASA volunteers) are here to help me and are vital to the juvenile court process. CASA volunteers are a voice for the children, and I thank you.”

Anyone seeking additional information regarding the CASA program, or who is interested in enrolling as a volunteer advocate, please contact Elaine Grice or Evelyn Fox at (229) 686-6576 ext. 4 or email egrice@fccisberrien.org.