JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 2nd Judicial District of Arkansas celebrated a big milestone Wednesday.
Twenty years ago the Northeast Arkansas CASA organization only served Craighead County. Now they service 5 counties across Region 8.
A number of supporters gathered at the Craighead County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon to celebrate what the organization has accomplished.
CASA honored 3 longtime advocates and 4 of the original founders. Barbara Halsey, circuit judge and CASA founder, said after being a lawyer and now on the judge's bench, she's seen firsthand what these volunteers mean to children and the court process.
"It's just critical to have people whose only agenda is the best interest of a child," Halsey said. "To be out finding out information and finding answers and reporting to the court."
Donna Lamb-Bowyer, executive director for CASA of the 2nd Judicial District of Arkansas, said 20 years means a lot of growth.
They served more than 200 kids last year, and their goal is to serve every child in need by the year 2020.
CASA is always in need of volunteers for the 5 counties it serves. Those counties are Craighead, Poinsett, Greene, Clay, and Mississipp.
To volunteer or for more information, contact CASA at 870-935-1099 or visit their website neacasa.org.