Annual CASA Volunteer Appreciation Event
The Children’s Haven recently held its Annual CASA Volunteer Appreciation Event which was kindly sponsored by Cobb EMC Foundation. Hosted each year, this gathering honors the Cherokee County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) who advocate for the best interests of children who are experiencing abuse and neglect. In 2021, 130 CASAs served 305 children to ensure that each child has a safe, permanent home and the opportunity to succeed. In addition to Cobb EMC Foundation, a special thank you goes to the Mill on Etowah, Reformation Brewery, Pop of Air and Speedy Productions for making the evening a great success.
During the appreciation dinner, CASAs were recognized for their dedication and years of service, ranging from new volunteers training in 2022 to 15 years of service. Dana Zajac, Foster Parent Association President, shared words of thank you to the CASAs, recognizing the collaboration between the foster parents and the CASA. Barbara Nye, Attorney, shared her appreciation of the partnership between the CASA and the attorneys. Judge Jennifer Davis and Judge Rick Jones, Cherokee County Juvenile Court Judges, recognized the difference that a CASA volunteer makes in the lives of the children as well as in the cases they serve. In addition to recognizing the CASA volunteers’ years of service, Michelle Meek, Director of Community Engagement, was recognized for her impact on the CASA organization over the past 8 years before transitioning to her new role with The Children’s Haven earlier this year. Children served by a CASA volunteer have that one dedicated person who is fighting for their best interest at a time in their lives that is so incredibly difficult. CASA advocates deserve to be recognized for their service every day and The Children’s Haven is appreciative of everyone that made this celebration possible.