KERN COUNTY, Calif. — On Nov. 18, The Honorable Judge Raymonda Marquez officially swore in 25 new Court Appointed Special Advocates in a virtual ceremony on Zoom.
“We’re so excited to have this new class join our team of volunteers; I know that they will do amazing work that will positively impact children and families right here in our community,” said Amy Travis, executive director of CASA of Kern County.
In regards to the training, Sandra Acosta, newly trained and sworn-in CASA volunteer stated the following “So grateful for the detail and time everyone gave to make us a success and make a difference in a child(s) life. Looking forward to joining the team – You’re all amazing and true heroes.”
McKenzie White, another newly trained volunteer said “It was an eye-opening experience and I am excited to get started!”
Acosta and White along with 23 other new volunteers will be assigned to a child or youth to advocate for until the closure of the case.
CASA volunteers advocate for the child they represent whatever the circumstances of the case may be and will work diligently to ensure that the child’s needs are being met.
“There isn’t another volunteer experience that matches what you’ll get with CASA, there is a human element that drives our volunteers to do their very best on behalf of the children and families we serve,” said Travis.