Two new court appointed special advocates were sworn in Tuesday, joining the team of volunteers in Lincoln County.
From left: Jen Koubek, Judge Piccolo and Kathy Arnett.
Jen Koubek and Kathy Arnett took the oath from Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo.
Lincoln County CASA is a non-profit organization serving children from birth to 18 who are in the foster care system because of neglect or abuse in the home. Twenty active CASA advocates now serve Lincoln County. The advocates receive 30 hours of training.
As "friends of the court," advocates are assigned a case and ideally each advocate represents one child (or perhaps siblings) throughout the time he or she is in the court system.
The advocate becomes familiar with the family and anyone with whom the child has a relationship, such as teachers, doctors and the child's friends, and then makes a written report to the judge at the child's hearings.
In the end, the advocate gives his or her recommendation for the judge's consideration of what would be in the best interest of the child, which might be reunification with the family, living with another relative, or the relinquishment of parental rights.
Throughout the process, the advocate's main role is to be an advocate for the child.