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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher, Sun-Telegraph 

PlainsWest CASA Adds Volunteers


Six more volunteers have joined the ranks of PlainsWest CASA.

One of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) is returning to the office in a different role and the second is a first-time volunteer.

Five of the new CASAs were sworn in as CASAs Thursday, Feb. 24, in Cheyenne County District before the Honorable Judge Randin Roland.

Training includes 32 hours of training as set by the National CASA organization. The 32 hours includes self-lead work and classroom instruction.

Topics covered by the training include CASA program history, foster care, laws, growth milestones and development, trauma, resilience, professionals involved in child welfare, permanency and achieving permanent placement, poverty, types of abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health and writing court reports.

PlainsWest CASA has 21 children with a CASA; 16 children are waiting for assignment to a CASA. All of the children are in Cheyenne, Kimball or Deuel Counties. PlainsWest CASA has 32 volunteers.


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