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Without court appointed CASA guardian ad-Litems, America’s at risk children have no voice in the homes they are raised in or during the years they live as state wards in foster care.

Some states (Virginia most recently) are moving toward forcing children back into homes where they have been sexually abused and tortured. The World Health Organization defines torture as “Extended exposure to violence and deprivation”.

Every child in my child protection caseload as a CASA volunteer was tortured (most of them for two to four years).  My CASA children had been tied to a bed, left alone for days (four years old), prostituted & sexually abused (as young as 2 years old), beaten and starved.

CASA guardian ad-Litems can be (the only) a voice for a child in a toxic home.

Learn more about how you can reach out in your community to help troubled children. If the program doesn’t exist where you live, contact national CASA and find out how to start one.

Continue reading the collection of recent articles on and about the guardian ad-Litem program around the nation. Feel free to submit your own stories as comments.

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Volunteers sought to help with child abuse cases
Citizens Voice
WILKES-BARRE – The Pennsylvania CourtAppointed Special Advocate Association is looking for volunteers to be advocates for abused or neglected children in Luzerne County Court cases, officials said Thursday. The Luzerne County program started in
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CASA volunteers advocate for children
Herald Times Reporter
MANITOWOC — Four more volunteers will be sworn in as advocates for abused and neglected children through Manitowoc County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate Program at the end of the month, according to director Julie Ribley. That will bring to 14
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Statewide ‘Teen Connection’ tackles growing child abuse, neglect
Green Bay Press Gazette
Also appearing are Adrienne Fletcher, clinical social worker with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brown County, and Joshua Puls, prevention specialist with Reach Counseling. The program opens the 24th season of “Teen Connection,” which brings
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CASA makes a difference in young lives
Shelbyville Times-Gazette
Gayle Cotten and Beth Christopher accepted the challenge to support area children by training to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and consider their experience invaluable. A new training session begins next week. (T-G photo by Jim Davis)
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Family & Youth Services Bureau Fall 2012 Newsletter
ValpoLife.com
The Court Appointed Special Advocate—also known as the CASA volunteer—is assigned to work with a child who has been abused and/or neglected. After visiting with the child over a period of time, the CASA prepares a detailed assessment of the case and
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Judge candidates for St. Joseph County Probate Court tout experience
Kalamazoo Gazette – MLive.com
The effort works hand-in-hand with her desire to start a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in the county to look after the interests of children involved in cases. “I am 100 percent committed to getting that (CASA) started for the
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‘Hope’ to light path for Melisha
Cleveland Daily Banner
Thursday evening, hundreds of people will honor her memory by participating in the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) third annual Melisha Gibson “Light of Hope Moonlight Walk.” The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland/Bradley County
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Colorado Senate District 23: Lee Kemp
Longmont Daily Times-Call
Court Appointed Special Advocate caseworker and board member, 10 years. Education: High school, Copley, Ohio; Metropolitan State College of Denver. Name a person you admire and why: Mike Barnett, Vietnam vet, Bronze Star awardee and mentor.
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Little ‘casa’ supports CASA
Herald Times Reporter
Mishicot High School students, all of whom were seniors last year, work on a playhouse last semester that will be raffled off during Pumpkinfest to benefit CASA, the Manitowoc County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. The students are, from left
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A hoedown fundraiser for CASA is scheduled at Delta Party Barn
Los Banos Enterprise
As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, she tries to be the consistency foster children need in a life of neglect, relocation and court dates. “We’re the grandma the kid doesn’t have, the aunt the kid doesn’t have, the person who remembers to call and
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Macon County welcomes six new courtappointed special advocates
DECATUR — After spending a full morning together in court Wednesday, newly sworn Macon County courtappointed special advocates weren’t the only ones
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Events > Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Training
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Training voice by attending orientation to learn more about becoming CASA volunteer advocate. visit website
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Abused child program endures cuts
Coos Bay World
Coos County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate program, run through Oregon Coast Community Action, had to temporarily lay off both of its full-time volunteer coordinators. ‘We’re not cutting back on the program at all,” said Twila Vesey, the program
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Edmond volunteers become child advocates
Edmond Sun
EDMOND — Five child advocates from Edmond recently graduated from CASA University and were sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates, along with 18 other metro area residents. As volunteers they will serve as the “eyes and ears” of the court and
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Child advocacy group plans tax credit push
Springfield News-Leader
The tax credit drove significant giving to organizations addressing child neglect — such as Isabel’s House, CourtAppointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri, all Child Advocacy Centers and the Pregnancy Care Center — giving that these groups
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CASA swears in new volunteer advocates
Mineral Wells Index
New Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers recently sworn in by the Honorable Jerry Ray, 29th State District judge, pictured in the center, are, from left, Myra Lawrence, Drusilla Howell, Linda Menchaca and Patricia Whitlow. For more information
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Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of Ulster County’s 3rd
Saugerties Post Star
Cycle for a cause and join Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Ulster County’s (CASA) 3rd Annual Spin-A-Thon FUNraiser! The Spin-a-Thon will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 11 A.M. – 2 P.M., at the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster
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‘Olivia’ needs a CASA volunteer
Prescott Daily Courier
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed for 10-year-old “Olivia,” who has a long history of envisioning suicide and also making attempts. Her mother, who also has a history of mental disorders, told Child Protective Services (CPS
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Prescott Daily Courier

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region lauds outstanding volunteers
The Saginaw News – MLive.com
Kaye Anderson of Saginaw was presented with the 2012 Irene Bruske Award for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of the Year. She was chosen based on her involvement with the children she advocates for, participation in CASA trainings and
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Chief petty officer helps advocate for foster children
So Md News
Volunteers soughtTo be trained as a court appointed special advocate, one must complete 30 hours of training. There is a minimum commitment of one year or the duration of the child’s case upon completion of training. Twelve hours of in-service training
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Mid-Ozark CASA’s newest volunteer will be assigned to Dent County foster
The Salem News
Lydia Reiter is the newest Mid-Ozark Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer. The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they
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Judges swear in new Court Appointed Special Advocates for children
PHOTO COURTESY OF CASA OF KENT COUNTY. by Cynthia Price Legal News . The vital functions of CASA volunteers, or Court Appointed Special Advocates,
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James Mitcheltree receives award for his work with Court Appointed
Since the fall of 2009, James has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (or. CASA), advocating for children who are under the protection of the
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Rescue Cenla’s Child 2012 honors foster parents
Alexandria Town Talk
November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services in Alexandria will partner with Court Appointed Special Advocates, Sanctuary of Praise in Pineville and Renegade Harley-Davidson to Rescue
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17 sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates for Missoula children
The Missoulian
The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Missoula officially welcomed 17 new volunteers Tuesday during a swearing-in ceremony at the Missoula County Courthouse. It’s a large class for the Missoula program, which now has 85 advocates who help give a
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Heart of Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates serves up special coffee
Canon City Daily Record
CASA Coffee art competition winners stand with Magistrate Larry Allen and two new CASA volunteers Friday in a courtroom of the Fremont County Courthouse. Pictured in the front row from the left are Quinn Langley, fourth grade, Harrison K-8 School;
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Child advocate organization seeks to expand into Callaway
Fulton Sun
Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA), which serves children in foster care in the 13th Judicial Circuit, is hosting a launch event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hermann Lounge at Westminster College in Fulton to
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CASA’s ‘Adopt a Kid’ program a success
Leavenworth Times
Each year the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Judicial District 16, which includes Dodge City, reaches out to local businesses and organizations asking them to ‘adopt’ a CASA child for the holiday season. By adopting a child they
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Wells Fargo Donates $10000 to Texas CASA
Sacramento Bee
15, 2012 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Wells Fargo recently awarded Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates®) a $10,000 grant to fund five cultural development trainings in Texas for volunteers, social workers, attorneys and others who work
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4 new volunteer child advocates complete their training
Rome News Tribune
Four new Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers who have successfully completed 40 hours of specialized training were sworn in recently by Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Pape. CASA volunteers are assigned to a foster child’s case and advocate for
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Child abuse and neglect cases spike in local state
WPSD Local 6
It stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. “We have children coming into care,” said Fitts. Fitts coordinates volunteers to act as advocates for children whose abuse cases make it to court. And in the past year, she’s felt the spike and longed
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San Juan CASA honors volunteer
Farmington Daily Times
But this year the child advocacy group, an entirely volunteer-run program of Childhaven, reserved its Volunteer-of-the-Year award for “the shampoo lady.” Billie Curnutt, 67, accepted the award at the luncheon, a framed child’s landscape painting
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CHS carpentry project to aid child abuse prevention
Calhountimes
The Gordon County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program utilizes trained community volunteers. CASA volunteers are central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and
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Day View – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Pulaski
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Pulaski County. Making a difference one child at a time. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Pulaski
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Do you LOVE Children? — As Seen on Dr. Phil: Court Appointed
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Foster Children (CASA) offers the opportunity to serve your community through “Do you LOVE Children? — As Seen on
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Week view – The Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocate
The Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. I Am for the Child. The Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocate Association · Home · About
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Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mendocino and Lake counties awarded
Lake County Record-Bee
LAKE COUNTY — The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Mendocino and Lake counties program was awarded $5,000 by the Lake County Board of Supervisors in support of their advocacy for abused and neglected children. CASA Executive
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W&L Law Students to Serve as CourtAppointed Advocates in Child Abuse Cases
Washington and Lee University News Office (blog)
The students received the training through Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, part of an association of CASA organizations nationwide. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges in abuse and neglect cases to gather information to help
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Childrens Advocacy Group Offers Free Training For Volunteers
Newstalk 1450 KBKW
Group Offers Free Training For Volunteers. Posted by David Haviland on November 26, 2012 at 8:05 am (107 social interactions). Aberdeen, WA – The Grays Harbor Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is offering a free 32 hour Core training.
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Cheyenne County CASA Night of Music
Sidney Sun Telegraph
SIDNEY — Cheyenne County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is sponsoring a Night of Music Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Sidney High School Auditorium. This event features many local performers, including Jim and Kathy Gerhold, Jaclyn Reeder,
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Volunteers give area kids a voice
Princeton Daily Clarion
But, Monica Freimiller, executive director of Warrick County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children), can finally say that all children in the court system have a voice. For now, at least. “When we started the program, we had four
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Group concerned about foster kids during storm Volunteers sought to act as
The Hudson Reporter
According to an official with Hudson County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates – a group that works with Hudson County’s several hundred foster kids – in one case, a girl who was not in a good foster home was apparently made to sleep without blankets
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Business and People Notes
Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers
The Tulsa CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors has hired Maura Wilson as the new Executive Director replacing Pam Dose, who retired Aug. 24. Wilson was a Program Director for CASA in Springdale, Ark., and most recently worked
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Men Cooking for CASA to be held
Mt. Vernon Register-News
After a successful inaugural event, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson County will host its second annual Men Cooking for CASA event Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. A cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn, with the Parade
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CASA For Highland Lakes Seeks to Recruit Volunteers
Blanco County News
CASA for the Highland Lakes is in need of 50 volunteer advocates over the next several months. A Court Appointed Special Advocate can make the single greatest difference in the life of a child. A CASA advocate is appointed by a judge to provide factual
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Fifteen court volunteers sworn in
Ontario Argus Observer
volunteers sworn in Larry Meyer Argus Observer Argus Observer | 0 comments. ONTARIO — Court Appointed Special Advocates of Eastern Oregon was successful in recruiting more volunteers, as 15 new advocates were sworn in Wednesday evening.
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Event : Court Appointed Special Advocate Training
Hancock pottery sale starts today. Hancock College pottery students gave reporters a preview this week of work available for sale today and Saturday in the
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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer – Idealist.org
CASA volunteers are citizens who want to help their community’s children. They work alongside attorneys, social workers, treatment providers, and other
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Day View – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Pulaski
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Pulaski County. Making a difference one child at a time. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Pulaski
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Court appointed special advocate training begins Feb. 20
The Herald-Mail
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County will be conducting a Spring 2013 training program, scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 23, in separate, but concurrent eight-week training sessions. Training sessions will
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Show CASA love on Colorado Gives Day
Montrose Daily Press
Today is Colorado Gives Day, and local nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates – Voices for Children stands to benefit. Today only, Colorado Gives Day is waiving the processing fee ordinarily assessed on donations to CASA through the program.
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Child advocates need more help
Payson Roundup
Children of all ages need an adult to help them when they are put into the court system because of family or personal challenges. That is one role a Court Appointed Special Advocate plays. By Teresa McQuerrey Got it? Good. You just made Gila County
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CHILD ABUSE RISING
Cibola County Beacon
Their main provider, CASA, spreads information on prevention of child abuse and goes even further to help prevent child exploitation on the internet. CASA is a courtappointed special advocate team that provides support and a “check-in” system for
Two Bonney Lake Women Honored By Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
Patch.com
Bonney Lake residents Channa Copeland and Susan Ward were honored at the Pierce County Juvenile Court’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon on April 14. The event recognized the important work done by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA),
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April declared Child Abuse Prevention Month
KTNV Las Vegas
The Clark County Commission will present a proclamation to the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program during a meeting this morning, April 17, at the Commission Chambers at the County Government Center on Grand Central Parkway.
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King County Superior Court Recruiting Minority Volunteer Child Advocates
Seattle Medium
King County Superior Court uses volunteers to independently investigate and report to the Court on the situation and well-being of children in dependency proceedings. Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA volunteers, are trained by the CASA
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CASA brings awareness of child abuse
Opelousas Daily World
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, of St. Landry Parish always is looking for new volunteers. Anyone over the age of 21 can submit an application and no special background is required. Training, a background check and a yearlong commitment
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Fanning the flames: CASA honors child advocates with Light of Hope awards
Cherokee Tribune
CANTON — In honor of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Cherokee County presented its annual Light of Hope awards to seven people at the Cherokee Arts Center in Canton to recognize those who
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Court organization in need of volunteers to help kids
Belleville News Democrat
BY JENNIFER A. BOWEN – News-Democrat The hours can be long and the work emotional, but the rewards volunteers with Court Appointed Special Advocates get in return are beyond measure. “I can actually make a difference for the kids,” said Bobbi Ambrosino
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One caring person can change a child’s world
Richmond Times Dispatch
To learn more about the Court Appointed Special Advocate… For parenting questions or support in Virginia, call the statewide, toll-free parent helpline 800-CHILDREN (800-244-5373). To learn more about the Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer
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Advocates receive awards at Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect Conference
Beartooth NBC
The luncheon was part of the annual Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Conference taking place in Helena this week. Foster parents, advocates and DPHHS staff members from eight different communities were recognized and seven awards were given out.
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The Payson Roundup / Child advocates need more help
Photo courtesy of CASA. Enlarge photo. Children of all ages need an adult to help them when they are put into the court system because of family or personal
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Court Appointed Special Advocate program swears in new
A swearing-in ceremony was conducted for 16 new volunteers for the Court Appointed Special Advocate program at the Juvenile Court of Cobb County on
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Motts both charged with child abuse – The Herald Democrat: News
George and Christine Mott were arrested on April 11 on charges of child has been assigned a guardian ad litem and a courtappointed special advocate.
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CASA of Will County Set to Hold 2nd Annual Benefit Auction April 27
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Will County will host its annual Benefit Auction April 27 at The Links of Carillon. CASA (Court Appointed Special
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New child advocates for CASA – YouTube
New child advocates for CASA. Court Appointed Special Advocates(CASA) Abuse
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Ask the GAL: Do you have what it takes to stand up for a child?
Bradenton Herald
Preparing to Become a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer. If you are willing then the Guardian ad Litem Program will do the rest to prepare you.

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Five Jackson County residents complete Guardian ad Litem training …
Recently five Jackson County residents completed Guardian ad Litem training and were then sworn-in by Judge William Wright. These five are just a few more in …
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Guardian ad Litem Program – Vermont Judiciary
Vermont Guardian ad Litem Program. The Vermont Guardian ad Litem Program has been awarded a grant in the amount of $25,000 by the National Court …
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Guardian ad Litem Presentation – Saturday, February 16, 2013 10 …
FREE Presentation OPEN to the Public Come hear how you can become an Advocate for a Child and be their voice in the Court Visit Lakeland Chamber for mor.
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