CASA celebrates working with children through new mural – The Interior Journal

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If you’ve driven Stanford’s Main Street recently, you may have noticed the new mural on the side of 201 E. Main St.

Melynda Jamison, Executive Director of CASA Lexington, was on hand for the grand opening of CASA’s local Stanford office. Photo submitted

The CASA mural of children playing was created by Garrard County artist Brandon Long. It was added to the side of the newly renovated Lincoln County CASA office in June and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting and open house ceremony on July 5.

“This mural celebrates the children of Lincoln County and CASA’s mission,” said CASA Executive Director Melynda Jamison. “CASA in Lincoln County wants every child to have a safe, happy, forever home.”

The CASA office in downtown Stanford will be the base of operations for local CASA volunteers, who advocate for abused and neglected children in Lincoln County Family Court.

CASA of Lexington began providing CASA services in Lincoln County in April. The nonprofit organization runs local programs in each of the seven counties it serves. In June, CASA hired Jennifer Lamb as volunteer manager for Lincoln and Garrard counties.

Officials who attended the inauguration include State Representative David Meade, Lincoln County Judge-elect Woods Adams and Stanford Mayor Dalton Miller.

Jamison, a Perryville native, told those gathered that she was excited to expand the Lincoln County program to serve more local children.

A mural adorns the side of the building at the CASA office at Stanford. Photo submitted

“We believe in the power of CASA volunteers,” she said.

CASA is currently recruiting Lincoln County residents to serve as CASA volunteers. Each volunteer undergoes 30 hours of training and spends approximately 5-10 hours per month volunteering thereafter. Children who receive a CASA volunteer do better in school, have more hope for the future, and are much less likely to re-enter the foster care system.

You can apply to become a CASA volunteer in Lincoln County online at www.casaoflexington.org/apply. You can send questions to [email protected] or call (859) 246-4313.

CASA of Lexington’s trained and supervised volunteers litigate in family courts in Bourbon, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Scott and Woodford counties to ensure that all victims of child abuse and neglect are in security and thrive in a forever home. Changes such as where the child lives or goes to school, changes in social workers, teachers and friends, as well as the uncertainty of what life has in store, can be very overwhelming for these children. The CASA volunteer is there to help recognize what the child needs, work to minimize these damaging changes and advocate for positive changes for the child’s future. Learn more at casaoflexington.org, by calling (859) 246-4313 or emailing [email protected]

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