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Juvenile Advocacy Organization, CASA, is expanding to Gibson and Carroll Counties

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. - CASA, standing for court appointed special advocates, work as first responders for the Department of Children’s Services.

CASA is a national association that supports volunteers who speak for children that have been removed by the Department of Children’s Services from neglectful or abusive households.

“I’m not afraid of having different opinions of what’s in the best interest of the child, and that’s what it's all about; trying to advocate for these children and do what’s in their best interest.”

Gibson County juvenile judge Mark Johnson wants the county’s children to have CASA there for them.

For the past four years, CASA of Gibson County has been serving under the Dyer- Lake CASA, but now it is not only ready to operate on its own, but it is also expected to expand into Carroll County.

“So, it’s a lot to be in CASA, and be volunteers and we love it, we love it… because it keeps our kids safe and healthy.”

Twila Claybon not only is a Gibson County deputy, but a CASA volunteer as well.

You can help the local children’s advocacy group by coming to CASA’s Night of Love and Laughter.

The fundraising event features dinner provided by local businesses, a live comedy show, a silent auction, and an awards ceremony.

CASA’s Night of Love and Laughter will take place next Thursday, a week from today, on April 20th at 6 pm.

This takes place at the Hawkins Whitby FEMA community safe room, located at 1101 Williamson Street in Milan.

“And I just held him tightly like he’s mine, because he is mine now. I’m his CASA, and I told him "I'm right here with you, I’m right here for you. That’s my job, I’m your CASA.’ “

Gibson County program director Treva Maitland shares a personal experience of her comforting a child CASA was able to help.

To register and get your free tickets for CASA’s first local event, you can visit Gibson County’s CASA on Facebook at Gibson County CASA TN.

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