We extend our appreciation and congratulations to the newest Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers who were sworn in as officers of the court by Chief Juvenile Judge G. David Miller on August 16th.
These dedicated citizens will soon begin the important work of advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and the community. As described in the poem I am a Voice, to a child silenced by injustice, these volunteers will be their voice. To a child with whom the world has broken faith, they will be someone to believe in.
Judge Miller expressed his respect and appreciation for the critical information CASA volunteers bring to his courtroom.
On behalf of abused and neglected kids in the Pikes Peak region, thank you!
August class: (L-R): Joan Nash, Lisa Miller, Caroline McNiece, Sara Chermack, Beth Carlson, Judge Miller.
July Class: Front Row (L-R): Jennifer Graham, Taylor Fogg, Jan Ditton, Gale Derrick, Annette Barth, Judge William Bain. Back Row: Lori Jackson, Kathy Klepfer, Kim Sannes, Louise Segreto, Carol Suder, Laura Teachout, Judge Gilbert Martinez.
I am a Voice
To a child silenced by injustice, I am a voice.
To a child with whom the world has broken faith, I am someone to believe in.
To a child who knows only rejection, I am unconditional acceptance.
To a child lost in a nightmare, I am permission to dream.
Amid confusion, I am certainty; amid instability, constancy.
Amid cynicism and shame, I am innocence restored.
In a dark labyrinth of bureaucracy, I am a way through—a steady arm around the shoulder, a calming voice in the ear.
Where others are moved to pity, I am moved to action.
I am as quick to confront the powerful as I am to comfort the powerless.
Though I may be visited by discouragement, I do not play host to despair.
I do not relent;
I do not back down;
I do not give up.
In a system of shifting loyalties, my loyalty never wavers.
For while my appointment may come from a court, my calling comes from within.
To the child neglected, the child abused, the child cast upon the mercy of an often merciless system, I am heart and caring and courage personified.
I am a CASA volunteer.
Written and donated by Richards Partners of Dallas, TX (richardspartners.com).