TOP PHOTO: “I’m excited to be here and see how I can grow the program,” said new CASA Executive Director Jan Jones.
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Her sister saw the job opening knowing she’d be perfect for it, and the CASA Board agreed. So, now, Jan Jones is the new executive director for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
Jones’ heart for kids serves as the foundation for her newly acquired post that advocates for children.
“I feel like it was a plan the Lord laid out for me, and I’m honored to be here. I felt it was meant to happen,” said Jones. She’s up for the challenge and has already had a lot of training with more on the way.
CASA was inspired by a judge in 1976 after having insufficient information to make a life changing decision for a three-year- old girl who had suffered from child abuse. Trained volunteers, advocates, evolved from that day in court that now speak up in the courtroom for a child’s best interest.
“There are so many children here in Campbell County in the court system, and our advocates do a tremendous job on their behalf,” said Jones. Last year, 400 children went through our court system, and 58 are waiting for an advocate, according to Jones.
Jones stresses that the goal of CASA is to get children back with their family. “I have a special love for children and just want to have a small part in a child’s life,” Jones said.
At the end of March Jones officially started, and there have been some challenges along the way. “It’s not been anything I couldn’t work through,” said Jones.
Advocates are the key to making it all work, and Jones would like to add five to six more advocates by year’s end. For anyone who thinks they might want to volunteer, it just takes a few hours a month, according to Jones. Call 423.562.2700 or email Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. for information.
“I’m excited to be here and see how I can grow the program,” said Jones. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/17/2021-6AM)