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Volunteers sworn in to advocate for kids in court

Pictured from left are new Court Appointed Special Advocates Sandra H., Teresa W., Taria D., Barb S., Katie P., Judy B., Tim D., Andrea S. and Chelley C.; in front is Judge Melissa Barnhart.
Pictured from left are new Court Appointed Special Advocates Sandra H., Teresa W., Taria D., Barb S., Katie P., Judy B., Tim D., Andrea S. and Chelley C.; in front is Judge Melissa Barnhart.

Recently, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Melissa Barnhart swore in new Court Appointed Special Advocates to advocate for children in Kendall County.

These advocates are now ready to represent the best interests of children involved in the court system. Before being sworn in, the new advocates went through a screening process and more than 30 hours of training.

“CASA volunteers serve as critical figures in the lives of children who have suffered from abuse or neglect,” CASA Kendall County Executive Director Jennifer Gilbert said. “After receiving specialized training and being appointed by a judge, they gather all of the information involving a child’s case, and make formal recommendations to the court on the child’s behalf. We are grateful for the dedication and service of our new and existing CASA volunteers.”

These volunteers will help meet a critical need for advocates due to the increasing number of children needing to be served by CASA.

For more information about CASA Kendall County and how you can help, contact Nikki Osterloh at 630-553-8661 or email nosterloh@co.kendall.il.us.

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