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(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

On Nov. 19, Judge Jane Shuler-Gray swore in seven Eddy County citizens as Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The volunteers are now qualified to advocate for the best interests of children that have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect.

Pictured above from left are Amy Yslas, Matt Carper, Barry Mendoza, Shuler-Gray, Bekah Marquez, Jessica Hubbling, Subrena Lackey and Jennifer Boring.

These newly appointed child advocate volunteers have been trained and are advocating for foster children in the county’s juvenile dependency court system. As officers of the court, they ensure the children’s needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.

Anyone interested in becoming a powerful voice for a child is asked to call 746-6077 in Artesia or 575-887-5966 in Carlsbad.