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CASA Advocates sworn-in

| December 1, 2023 12:00 AM

Six community members on Nov. 13 were sworn in as CASA/GAL volunteers. 

Each will work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children in the Flathead County foster care system. District Court Judge Dan Wilson presided over the ceremony and administered the oath. 

Each new advocate received a certificate for the 50 hours of training they completed. The training covers topics such as the CASA/GAL role, child development, substance abuse, domestic violence, assessing family strengths, the court process, laws relating to abuse/neglect, cultural diversity, interviewing, and how to write reports to the court.

In 2022, 118 advocates served 235 children in Flathead County through CASA for Kids. CASA’s goal is to have an advocate for every abused/neglected child who enters the foster care system. Applications are being accepted for the next training cycle, which starts in March 2024. For more information, visit www.flatheadcasa.org or call 406-755-7208.