Four new CAJA volunteers were sworn in by Judge Jay Mastin as Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates following completion of their 30 hour pre-service training.
The new volunteers are Christina Futh of Arab, owner of Athena Capital Funding, a private equity consulting company; Kelly Klein of Douglas, mom of 7 and owner
of the Tin Roof of Boaz; and Gary and Suzon Williams of Arab, owners of Williams Machine Inc.
“These new CAJA volunteers join our network of volunteer advocates who stand up for abused and neglected children, giving them a voice in an overburdened child
welfare system that is hard-pressed to meet their individual needs,” said CAJA director Lesley Kubik. “CAJA volunteers are appointed by the court to conduct independent investigations, report their findings, and serve as a child’s voice in court.”
She said children with a CAJA volunteer find safe, permanent homes more quickly, are half as likely to re-enter the foster care system, and do better in school.
“At CAJA of Marshall County, we believe that working together, we can end abuse and neglect so that every child has a chance to thrive,” Mrs. Kubik said.
“CAJA volunteers include everyday citizens – teachers, business people, retirees, and grandparents – who are willing to participate in an in-depth training program, commit to at least one year of service, are able to pass a criminal and Child Protective Services background check, and are over the age of 21.”
CAJA will begin a new training class soon and offers flexible training options to fit our trainees’ schedules.
This article originally appeared in the May 28th edition of The Advertiser-Gleam