It was graduation night Thursday for a ‘CASA’ class in Lexington.
CASA stand for court-appointed special advocates.
Volunteers take a 30-hour course to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children.
The Executive Director of CASA of Lexington Melynda Jamison said, "A lot of times, without a CASA, the children don’t have a voice in court. So we serve as the voice of the children, and can let the judge and all the parties involved know their interests, their desires, as well as what is in their best interest. And the CASA has more time to spend with the child because they have one case, whereas case workers often have many cases. And can’t devote as much time. The volunteers study the child’s situation, and make recommendations to the court."
CASA said its program is in 41 of 120 Kentucky counties, including Fayette County.
Jamison said its number of graduates had doubled from last year, to this year.
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