(9-16-22) CASA of Mercer County is pleased to announce that it held its second swearing-in ceremony for the Mercer County Juvenile Court on September 14, 2022.  Mercer County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Matthew L. Gilmore presided over the ceremony and swore in the new volunteers.  Mercer County Juvenile Court Magistrate Richard M. Delzeith was present as the Court Administrator for CASA of Mercer County.  CASA of Mercer County Executive Director Andrea King was also present.

Please join the program in congratulating the new volunteers as Mercer County’s second set of Court Appointed Special Advocates:

  • Doug Meyer of Celina
  • Sheila Meyer of Celina
  • Jennifer Saintignon of Maria Stein
  • Robin Goettemoeller of New Knoxville
  • Keri Leichty of Rockford
  • Heather Kuhn of Celina

The swearing-in ceremony was the final step taken by these community members after 30 hours of pre-service training prior to being sworn in to serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Training equips community volunteers with all the skills needed to advocate for children who have been abused and/or neglected.

Now, as Court Appointed Special Advocates these volunteers will be appointed to cases open in juvenile court due to abuse, neglect, and/or dependency. They are then tasked with getting to know the children, becoming familiar with their special circumstances, and then making recommendations to the Court on what is in the children’s best interest. EVERY CHILD deserves someone in their corner amplifying their voice and their story. CASA volunteers are ordinary community members that make an extraordinary difference in the lives of children.

CASA of Mercer County is now accepting applications for its next training. They would love to talk to you about this new and impactful volunteer experience. If you would like to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of children in your county, check out CASA of Mercer County at www.mercercountycasa.org or on Facebook.