Ten new Mesa volunteers dedicated to the support of abused and neglected children will be sworn in today at the Mesa County Justice Center.

These volunteers will serve as representatives for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County.

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Who is CASA of Mesa County?

By now you've probably heard of CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County. According to their official webpage:

Our mission is to provide a voice in court for victims of child abuse and neglect in Mesa County.

Happening Today in Grand Junction

Early this afternoon (Wednesday, September 29), ten new volunteers will be sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates by Chief Judge Brian Flynn. The swearing in ceremony will take place at the Mesa County Justice Center, 125 North Spruce Street in Grand Junction in Courtroom 10.

What Exactly Will the Volunteers Do?

According to their press release, "CASA of Mesa County trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected." In other words, CASA volunteers serve as the child’s voice in court. Volunteers monitor their case and report back to the judge about the status of the case and the well-being of the child.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of CASA and these individuals have made an extraordinary commitment to serve as advocates for vulnerable children in Mesa County." - Joy Thompson, Executive Director for CASA.

How Many Children Are Currently Assisted by CASA?

At present, CASA of Mesa County serves 249 abused and neglected children. As you can imaging, more children are added to their waiting list on a continual basis. Joy Thompson adds, "These new volunteers are a much-welcomed addition and will help us ensure that every child abuse victim has a voice.”

Volunteer Requirements

According to CASA's press release, the new volunteer advocates participated in a 30 hour training program before being sworn in. Volunteers will receive more on-the-job training and coaching as they begin their first case.

Have You Thought About Volunteering with CASA?

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer with CASA of Mesa County, you can learn more by visiting their website at www.casamc.org/volunteer.

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