How We Began
In 1997, CAJA (Court Appointed Juvenile Advocacy) Board of Marshall County graduated its first class of volunteer advocates and Juvenile Court Judge David Evans swore them in as Officers of the Court. Today, CAJA continues to train volunteers to stand up for the children of Marshall County.
The purpose of CAJA of Marshall County is the protection of abused and neglected children within the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court and the placement of these children in safe and permanent homes in order to help prevent future child abuse, neglect and delinquency. Thus, the central purpose of the program is to provide for the administration of justice by assisting the court in developing information and facilitating dispositions which assure the promotion of the best interests of abused and neglected children.
What CAJA Volunteers Do?
CAJA volunteers are appointed by a Judge to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court in Marshall County. They independently and comprehensively investigate the child’s circumstances; facilitate community services for the child and family; provide a written report to the court; and monitor the case to ensure compliance with the court orders.