Volunteers set to advocate on behalf of children in abuse and neglect cases

Volunteers set to advocate on behalf of children in abuse and neglect cases

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The CASA Association inducted its newest volunteers on Friday.

CASA stands for court appointed special advocates.

Twenty-five diverse individuals have found a unique calling within the Toledo community, and they are CASA's newest volunteers.

When children face abuse or neglect at home, CASA volunteers are appointed to their cases to advocate for their best interests.

"It's something I've been interested in for many years. I've read many books on foster children and just really had an interest and really felt like it was something that was just a calling for me really," Said Sheri Geyer, a CASA Volunteer and retired fundraiser.

After about six weeks of training, the volunteers are set to tackle cases.

"I'm sure the whole process will be a little nerve-wracking. You know, you're making recommendations to the court on, you know, where the child should be placed in the best interests of the child, so it's obviously a little nerve-wracking, but I'm excited to be able to have the opportunity to help," said attorney and CASA volunteer Jonathan Kohfeldt.

And with events like the opiate crisis creating more unstable homes across America, Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon at the Lucas County Juvenile Court says volunteers are needed now more than ever.

Would-be volunteers can sign up at CASAkids.net.

"With a lot of appreciation, we're asking them to step up to be a CASA volunteer, because it is a really hard job. It's the hardest job you'll ever love," said Cubbon.

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