CASA of Gila County welcomes two new court-appointed special advocates

Courtesy photo From left: Hon. Bryan B. Chambers, CASA Gail Pechuli and CASA Coordinator Emily Nader.

Gila County, Az. – The CASA of Gila County Program is elated to welcome two new volunteer advocates. Court-appointed special advocates serve as best interest advocates for our local youth who are placed in foster care. After a thorough background screening process and pre-service training, these volunteers will be appointed to a child or sibling group who are currently in foster care settings. As the child’s advocate, the volunteer serves to ensure the child has the necessary services and a voice in their future.

“As a CASA in Gila County, it is a privilege to provide assistance to a child who is going through the most unstable moment of their life,” said CASA Gail Pechuli. “I am humbled to serve as their advocate in their dependency proceedings.”

“We are eager to welcome Gail to the CASA Program in Southern Gila County,” said Emily Nader, coordinator for CASA of Gila County. “As we enter the 2024 year, we continue to have a high need for volunteers like her, to serve the number of children we have in foster care. Our volunteers provide the child with a voice, with a consistent adult, and with hope.”

The CASA program in the southern part of Gila County is in dire need of additional volunteers. The program welcomes community members to apply today. There is no specific degree or experience needed to become a CASA volunteer. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older, be a U.S. citizen and pass a thorough screening process. All training for the position is provided at no cost to the volunteer.

CASA volunteers provide a valuable service to judges and become a consistent person in the life of a child while in foster care. If you are interested in more information, please visitwww.CASAofGilaCounty.org or call 928-402-4427.


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