The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program of the Second Judicial District is proud to announce Barbara Kuhn as the Rookie of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2018. Barbara joined the CASA team in April of this year.. Volunteers serve as sworn officers of the court, and help to investigate and gather information on cases when children are removed from a home due to abuse or neglect. The CASA information is provided to a judge who makes the decision whether appropriate steps have been taken to return the children to the home or to find them new, safe and permanent homes.
“Barbara has hit the ground running and is advocating to the fullest extent for the children in her case”, stated Evan Clower, Kuhn’s advocate coordinator. Her knowledge of the legal system has proved very beneficial to her case work and she truly has the best interest of the children at heart”, added Clower.
When asked what the best part about being a CASA was Kuhn responded “helping the children, being a friend to the children, the children are number one. You feel like what you do is important and being a voice for those kids in the court system is very important. I have a passion to help them. I feel like I’m making a difference. I’m very honored to be a CASA Volunteer, this has my heart.
Many new volunteers caught by different surprises when working their first case. “The depth of how overwhelmed the system is and how everyone is overworked was eye-opening to me. My first case stole my heart and that was surprising. What has also surprised me is how important the CASA volunteers are“, stated Kuhn. She also encouraged others to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate adding, “Everyone that has a heart for children should do their part. There is an epidemic in this world, county, and state and our children need us.