Only half the foster care children in Jefferson County have advocates to represent them in court.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - At the CASA swearing-in at Madras were, from left, Patti Carpenter and Judy Harris, advocates, Meriah Williams, program coordinator, new advocate Jolene Estimo Pitt, Circuit Court Judge Daniel Ahern, new advocate Floyd Courtain, Sarah Graziani, training coordinator, and Jenna App, executive director.
New Court-Appointed Special Advocates from Jefferson County, Floyd Courtain and Jolene Estimo Pitt, were sworn in by Circuit Court Judge Daniel Ahern on Dec. 14, at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Courtain and Estimo Pitt have completed over 40 hours of CASA classroom training, and four hours of courtroom observation to become advocates.

They are ready to be appointed their first children, and will appear in court to speak up for what's best for them.

With more than 49 children in foster care in Jefferson County, only a little more than half of them have an advocate.

"My personal wish for the new year is that every child removed from their parents' care will have an advocate beside them, speaking up for them and helping a judge decide what is in their best interest," said Leslie Fritch CASA program director.

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