Pike County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), a program of Advocacy Network for Children, swore in three new CASA volunteers. Volunteers were sworn in by Judge Frank McCartney at the Pike County Courthouse on Nov. 18. New volunteers, left to right, Heidi Clark, Michelle Escapa, Shelley Syrcle and Judge Frank McCartney. CASA volunteers are trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for abused or neglected children in the court system. The newly sworn in volunteers received 30 hours of training which included courtroom procedures, working with social service agencies and the special needs of abused and neglected children. These trained volunteers will represent abused and neglected children in the Pike County court system. For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer, please call Karolina Anton at 217-617-6058. You can also visit the agency’s website at www.advonet.org.