CASA holds Voices for the Children Kix Brooks to perform
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
Kix Brooks will be this year’s special guest at the Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates’ second annual Voices of the Children concert Tuesday, April 30 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Theatre.
Prior to Brooks’ concert, there will be a auction which will include membership to an exclusive private Nashville club valued at $7,000, two trips – one tropical and the other a major sporting event, a Brooks & Dunn autographed guitar with a special inscription made by Brooks the evening of the performance and an all inclusive tour/ wine tasting for eight – with limousine pick up to and from – at Arrington Vineyards. Beginning April 22, bids will be accepted to the online auction.
Tickets for the event are $125 for balcony seats and the first four rows, $100 for all other seats. Sorry, all table seats are already sold. They may be purchased at the Franklin Theatre website www.franklintheatre. com/tickets. Arrington Vineyards will provide the wine for the event and Amerigo Italian Restaurant will provide the food.
CASA started in 1977 in Seattle, Wash., in an effort to provide Juvenile Court with comprehensive information to make informed decisions resulting in better outcomes regarding the future of abused and neglected children in the court system.
The program received congressional approval in 1990 and in 1993 Judge Jane Franks implemented the program in Williamson County. As advocates, CASA volunteers become the one consistent factor in a child’s life during a time when their life has been turned upside down.
These are “Children who have experienced a lot of pain and change,” said Dan-ielle McMorran, director of development and public relations at CASA. “Adults in some sense have been a failure in providing a safe, stable home for the child to be healthy. We train the volunteers to be the voice of neglected children in the court system.”
Volunteers are trained in house to collect information through conversations with the child, the parents, family members or teachers who will advocate for the child.
Advocates then provide the judge with the information gathered and recommendations about what the parents or caregiver can or cannot do to provide what the child needs. Sometimes, for the adults, it simply means parenting classes. Sometimes the adults have more serious issues to overcome and need more direct guidance.
“In some cases, [CASA volunteers] work with the Department of Children’s Service to identify what the best option would be among interested parties,” McMorran said. “They work directly with the court. We have an excellent relationship with Juvenile Court and Judge Guffey accepts CASA recommendations 100 percent of the time. We have great communications between the court and the advocates.”
In its 28th year, WCCASA has grown from nine volunteer advocates to 68. It offers the 30-hour training class three times a year – the next one is May 6. An advocate spends an average of 10 hours a month working on an assigned case. The Voice of the Children concert serves as a celebration of what CASA provides and a fundraiser to continue to provide the services.
For more information about CASA, to register for training or for more information about the concert and auctions, visit www.williamsoncountycasa.org or call Danielle McMorran at 591-2699 ext 2.
Posted on: 4/12/2013