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Giving a voice to those who need help

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has officially moved into Louisa County and inducted three new volunteers as advocates for Piedmont CASA on Feb. 25, by Louisa Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge Richard Moore. The new volunteers will advocate in court and in the community on behalf of abused and neglected children in Louisa County.  This induction represents CASA’s official move into Louisa County.

Rita Heeter, one of the newly appointed advocate volunteers, said she wants to make a difference in a child’s life and believes that sometimes children do not get the representation that they need.

“When a child is going to be removed, or there is a possibility that the child is going to be removed and the home is going to be broken apart, then we need to make sure we are looking out for the child’s best interest and take into account what it is the child wants,” Heeter said.

Being a volunteer means committing at least an average of 10 to 15 hours per month to Piedmont CASA.  Once a volunteer is assigned to a case they will work closely with the guardian ad litem (attorney appointed by a judge to assist the court), the social worker, Department of Human Services, Piedmont CASA and anyone else involved in the case.

Most cases can last up to a year and in some circumstances, depending on the circumstances, could last up to two years.  So, volunteers are asked to make a commitment to stay with the case through its entirety.

To read the entire story, see the March 7 edition of The Central Virginian.