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Advocates look out for foster kids’ interests in county courts


November 1, 2017

Jo Ann McQueary and Kitsey Trewin

A desire to help children in the foster care system is the first requirement to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

CASAs, as they are known, are volunteers who donate their time to act as independent eyes and ears of the court and advocate for foster children in the custody of the state Department of Human Services.

Jo Ann McQueary has been involved with CASA of Linn County for about 10 years, five of those as a CASA.

She’s a retired kindergarten teacher who spent about 15 years working in the criminal justice system with victims of crime.

According to the CASA of Linn County...

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