The Moore American

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November 7, 2012

Three from Moore sworn in as child advocates

MOORE — Three Moore residents were among the 23 people who took the Oath of Office to become Court Appointed Special Advocates on Monday: Anne Fischer, Brian Byrne and Cristina Byrne.

Fischer works full-time for the Metropolitan Library System as IT Director. She stated: “I want to be able to stand up for the best interests of abused and neglected children. DHS has a lot of cases and I want to be an extra set of eyes and ears to make sure children get what they need and deserve.”

Husband and wife team Brian and Cristina Byrne also have full-time jobs. Brian is a designer for Works 24 and Cristina is an industrial psychologist with the FAA.

When asked what he hopes to accomplish as a CASA, Brian remarked: “ I expect to provide accurate and sincere information to the ones making life-altering decisions in a child’s life.”

Cristina explained her decision to join CASA: “What really caught my eye after looking through a lot of opportunities is that CASA really fits me well with investigating, evaluating, monitoring and facilitating on behalf of a child’s best interests.”

CASA volunteers must complete 40 hours of basic training and must commit to one year of service. They have to pass a background check and a rather intensive interview process. To volunteer one must be at least 21 and have job flexibility to attend court and other daytime meetings.

Each volunteer is supported by an advocate supervisor who goes to court with them and to any important meetings. To learn how you can volunteer or to make a donation, call 713-6456 or visit: www.okcountycasa.org

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