Welborn swears in 4 new CASA volunteers

Published 12:46 pm Thursday, December 21, 2023

FROM STAFF REPORTS

COLUMBIANA – After completing training, CASA volunteers Lorraine Turner, Jackson Bond, Nancy Majors and Keaghan Hinson were sworn in by Shelby County Juvenile Judge Erin Welborn on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at the Shelby County Courthouse.

“CASA Volunteers are the eyes and ears of my court and the services they offer are invaluable,” Welborn said. “They can go into the homes of the children we serve, and host supervised visits for them and their families – things I can’t do but need information about in order to make the best decision for these children.”

CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains volunteers to go through the court process with abused and neglected children. These volunteers are a child’s “voice” in court – advocating for them and their best interests. CASA’s goal is to ensure that every child they serve has a safe and permanent home.

“Judge Welborn has made a huge positive impact in our Juvenile Court and allowed us to use our training to best serve the children she sees in her courtroom,” said Executive Director of CASA of Shelby County Beth Chapman. “Without her help and support, we would not exist and these children in need would go unnoticed.”

Chapman saod CASA is grateful to Judge Welborn for her close involvement in these particular cases.

“We are always in need of good volunteers who want to help these special children in need,” Chapman said. “New volunteers don’t have to be ‘qualified,’ we will train them and “qualify” them to advocate for the best interests of the children we serve through the court system.”

For more information on how to become a child advocate and CASA Volunteer, visit Casaofshelbycounty.org or call 205-980-4466.