Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), based in Leitchfield, has received a Citation of Excellence in "recognition of its achievements" from Governor Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service.
CASA is a network of community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates -- empowered directly by the courts -- offers judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to after being removed from neglectful homes, and while in foster care.
CASA says that “volunteers stay with displaced children until they are put in loving, permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.”
Tri-County CASA Director Erica Simpson was recently recognized by K105 as the first K105 Impact Person of the Month because of her dedication in ensuring each child she comes into contact with is given an opportunity to live his or her life free of abuse and neglect. It is through Simpson's tireless efforts, along with Judge Shan Embry and Judge Harold Goff -- who oversee CASA's activities -- that Grayson, Breckinridge and Meade Counties have seen a precipitous drop in children living in dangerous, and sometimes, life threatening environments.
"Tri-County CASA is deeply appreciative to be recognized for this prestigious award from Governor Beshear," said Simpson. "Through the hard work and dedication of the Tri-County CASA Board and the support of Judge Shan Embry and Judge Harold Goff, our program continues to grow and positively affect the children and families in Grayson, Breckinridge, and Meade Counties."