BY LEANN DILBECK –
The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors recently recognized Program Director Cynthia Martin for her 10 years of dedicated service to the program. Board Chair Amye Hebert commended Martin’s dedication to the program and said that she repeatedly goes above and beyond in her efforts to serve the vulnerable children in the program.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Ouachita Region is a vital organization with an important mission: to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system. With the belief that every child is entitled to a safe, permanent home, they recruit, train and supervise volunteers to serve as a child’s advocate in court. CASA is a nationwide organization with approximately 77,000 volunteers across the United States, each one dedicated to the children they serve.
CASA of the Ouachita Region was originally created in 2005 under the umbrella of Healthy Connections, Inc. until it separated and formed its own 501(c)(3) in 2008. They are funded by state and federal grants but also rely heavily on donations from businesses and individuals, as well as fundraising.