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Delk joins CASA; volunteers needed

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Center for Family Development annouced the hiring of Bonny Delk to head the CASA volunteer program. From left are Denise T. Hobbs, CMSW, executive director; Lynne Farrar, associate director; and Delk.
(T-G Photo by Callie McConkey)
Denise Hobbs, executive director for The Center for Family Development, Lynne Farrar, associate director, and Sue Fletcher, program director for Healthy Families, announced the hiring of Bonny D. Delk of Bell Buckle as the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer Coordinator and the Healthy Families' Program Supervisor.

Delk has a special love for CASA as the program was instrumental in the adoption of her grandson, Christian Delk, despite the hardships and disappointments of this interstate case that dragged on for years.

CASA of Florida and CASA of The Center for Family Development worked diligently to conclude the issue with a positive result. Delk realized during that case that she wanted to help other children such as Christian.

The family's main concern was that Christian's rights were protected. CASA became the voice for her grandson.

Delk said, "CASA was always there for us. They walked us through the judicial processes, community agencies involvement, and the child placement process that was involved with the adoption."

CASA will begin a new training class for volunteers on July 17 at The Center for Family Development. Local volunteers are needed to make the program successful. Each year over 100 abused and neglected children in Bedford County are thrust into court through no fault of their own.

A CASA volunteer is a trained community worker who is appointed by the Juvenile Judge to speak for the best interest of children who are brought before the court. CASA's mission is making recommendations in the children's best interests to establish a safe, permanent, loving home.

Delk said, "We are so grateful to have such a wonderful little guy in our lives, but it may not have happened without the work of CASA. I encourage any of our Bedford County citizens to become a voice for the children in our community."

While volunteers help the children, they will win from the many blessings received through giving of their time and observations for these children.

For more information on CASA, call Lynne Farrar or Bonny Delk at The Center of Family Development at 684-4676, ext. 216 or 205.