CASA for KIDS of Geauga County, a juvenile court-based child advocacy program announced their CASA of the Year award at the program’s annual appreciation event held at Welshfield Inn, on May 5.
The 2016 recipient of the award, Jeanette Poole, has volunteered with the program for five years. CASA for KIDS Director, Julie Weese said that “Jeanette was chosen for the award because she demonstrates exceptional diligence, thoroughness, consistency and persistence in representing the child’s best interests. She clearly demonstrates an understanding of the appropriate role of the CASA/GAL volunteer. Jeanette commits to further education, training and professional development. She has established quality working relationships and collaborates well with others on her cases. Her ability to convey fact-based information to the court and to make independent recommendations based on the information she gathers, makes Jeanette a valuable asset to our program.”
Other awards bestowed that evening were the Professional Advocates of the Year, Geauga County Job and Family Services Social Worker Jodi Miller and Cardinal High School Counselor, Jill DeRamo. CASA for KIDS, Rising Star Advocates Kathy Gates, Meg Hamilton, Peggie Lieske, Wendy Putnam, Barb Rose and Scott Wayt were also recognized.
CASA for KIDS of Geauga County recruits, trains and supervises Guardian ad Litem volunteers, who advocate for the unique needs of abused and neglected children and for a safe, nurturing and permanent home for each of them. For more information about the program visit the website www.geaugacasa.org or to volunteer contact Julie Weese at 440-279-1697.