by: Submitted Photo - Jefferson and Crook County CASA graduates from left, Thomas Ledbetter, Jeeta Viera, Abbie Sullivan, Judge George Neilson (at back), Patricia Peeler, Gaylynn Kern and Amanda Smith. Not pictured, A.J. Ostrem.

   Seven Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers recently completed 34 hours of training, and were sworn ina by the Honorable Judge Neilson at a ceremony, Dec. 7, at the Crook County Court House.
   CASA of Central Oregon was the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the National CASA Association Jewelers for Children to assist with recruitment efforts, volunteer training, and volunteer support.
   In addition, CASA of Central Oregon was a recipient of $1,250 from the National CASA Association Rural Mini Grant to increase community awareness of the CASA program in Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties.
   The CASA concept is based on the belief that a child has the right to a safe and permanent home and the goal is to provide an advocate for every abused and neglected child in Central Oregon.
   For more information, visit or call 475-9426 in Jefferson County. The next volunteer training is scheduled for February.
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