On Dec. 8, CASA of Gila County welcomed Christine Leonard as a new Court Appointed Special Advocate. Leonard completed her oath of office before the Hon. Judge Timothy M. Wright in Globe. This oath certifies completion of 30 hours of pre-service training, which Leonard completed virtually from her home. She will serve as an advocate for children from Gila County communities who reside in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect, at absolutely no fault of their own. You can make a difference by becoming a CASA volunteer today. Court Appointed Special Advocates are everyday community members who donate their time to be the voice for a child. CASA volunteers visit with the children regularly and are the one constant adult involved in their case. They follow the progress of the child’s court case, speak with important people in the child’s life and report their observations back to the court to assist the judge in making informed decisions on the child’s behalf. No specific background or training is needed to become a CASA volunteer. Anyone 21 or older who can pass a thorough background check and complete 30 hours of free training is encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply online visit www.CASAofGilaCounty.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CASAofGilaCounty, Twitter at https://twitter.com/casa_gila and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/gilacasacoordinator/.