CASA conference in Norfolk 2016  The Department of Criminal Justice Services, which oversees the CASA programs in Virginia, holds a conference every other year for all the CASA programs in the state.  This year representatives from Goochland CASA traveled to Norfolk to attend.  They included sitting (l. to r.) Jean Harris, Eileen Kinelski and Lynne Selfe.  Standing:  Ann Casey and Jennings Shields.  The workshops were excellent and the participants brought the information back so they could present it at some of our in-house in-service training meetings.

IMG_20160728_130048 (2)   Judge Edward DeJ. Berry officially welcomed the newest Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) when they were sworn in in Juvenile Court on July 28, 2016 in Goochland.  (l to r) Ann Casey, the Executive Director of Goochland CASA joined Judge Berry in congratulating Jean Harris, Lynn Selfe, Dawn Barnes, Lucy Wysong, Michelle Haywood and Leigh Paulin.

CASA_image2Katie Presson, Judge Berry and Ann Casey executive Director of Goochland CASA reunite.  Katie was sworn in as  a CASA in 2014.  She served as an intern in the CASA office during the summer. She is currently a senior at University of Richmond.  Back when Katie was in high school, Ann Casey who was a CASA volunteer then served as her CASA.


CASA_image1All CASAs must complete a 35 hour training course before becoming an advocate.  Here, Judge Edward DeJ. Berry conducts the swearing-in for (l to r), Summer Strickland, Katie Presson ,Tiesha Holman and Barbara Hughes.

CASA_image3As part of the 35 hours of training, in one of our sessions  Mr. Mills Jones, who is the CSA coordinator for Goochland County, explained what the Comprehensive Services Act is and how he implements it in funding services for the children who need them.