Pictured from left to right: Kim McGriff (Advocate), Tom Robbins (Helping Heart), Kelsi Null (Helping Hearts), Judge Hall, Mark DeMay (Advocate), Whitney Ferguson (Advocate), Kimberly Moreno (Advocate).

KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — Lone Star Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) swore in four new CASA advocates and two new "Helping Hearts" volunteers on August 7, 2020, according to the organization.

The new volunteers were sworn in by 382nd District Court Judge Brett Hall in Rockwall County. Those sworn in were Kim McGriff, Tom Robbins, Kelsi Null, Mark DeMay, Whitney Ferguson, and Kimberly Moreno.

"A Court Advocate is a trained community volunteer, appointed by a district judge, to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court," according to Lone Star CASA. "Volunteer advocates independently investigate the child’s situation and make recommendations to Rockwall and Kaufman County District Court Judges as to what permanent placement would be best for that particular child."

Helping Hearts volunteers are family members of volunteers who undergo training to help support the advocates.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, pass background checks and be able to make a year commitment to a child, according to the agency. For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer, visit

Additionally, Lone Star CASA has two upcoming information sessions via Zoom conference/video call on Thursday, August 27, at noon and Monday, August 31, at 6 p.m. Zoom meeting details, and future volunteer information sessions, can be found on Lone Star CASA's website, here.

Lone Star CASA is also hosting "Clays for CASA," a charity sporting clay shooting event, on August 22, 2020. More information on that, here.