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Latest CASA Graduates ready to turn enthusiasm into action

CASA of the River Region is off to a great start in 2024. The first training class of the year included seven eager individuals: Deana Kingston, Gordon Chamberlain, Dee Snyder, Gayle Ciliberti, Vickie Pike, Margaret Handmaker, and Elizabeth Hendricks (pictured left to right). This was the first training session with a fully in-person option offered since 2020. The participants made the most of the opportunity to connect with each other and the material.


Training Manager Eugina Scoggins shared," We had six sessions totaling 30 hours together, but it really flew by with this group. We had a lot of great conversations and also managed to have fun while learning about topics that may be difficult but are vital to serving children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate."


Scoggins noted that the group bonded quickly, sharing contact information with each other even before the first class was finished. "While the option to sit in on each session via Zoom was offered, they really seemed to enjoy being together in the classroom setting. Gordon baked a delicious cake to share one day. I made a breakfast casserole for a long Saturday session. We really achieved a very inviting atmosphere and I think they all learned a lot. It has been wonderful getting to know them and witnessing their big hearts jumping into their volunteer roles with excitement. They clearly have the desire to do the best they can for the kids they’ll serve. I can't wait to hear about the impact they make as advocates."


The next classroom training session is set to begin in March. CASA of the River Region is also offering flexible self-guided learning options and private group training as well. The need for more CASA volunteers is great throughout the seven-county service area that includes Jefferson, Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer, Oldham, Henry and Trimble. While more than 550 children were served by the agency last year, there were an additional 300 children with cases in Family Court who could have benefitted tremendously from having the mentorship and support of a CASA.


Reach out and learn more about the role of a Court Appointed Special Advocate and flexible training options. Email eugina@casarr.org or call 502-400-8042 to learn more. Children who have experienced abuse and neglect are waiting for a kind, caring adult to step up and look out for them.











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