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Buford Returns to South Central KY to Bring Experience to CASA



CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of South Central KY, an agency that provides concerned citizen volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the family court systems throughout the region, recently announced that Glasgow native William “Billy” Buford has been hired as the organization’s new Advocate Coordinator. The role was created due to the influx of dependency, neglect, and abuse cases from Family Courts around the region. Buford joins an already established CASA staff of four.

Buford brings a wealth of social service experience with him to CASA. He spent the last ten years working with the Memphis (TN) Athletic Ministries first as an Area Director counseling at risk youth, then, as a Community Involvement Director engaging the city with the ministry’s mission. Buford has also worked for both Shelby Co. (TN) and Warren Co. (KY) Drug Court systems and has provided therapeutic services for drug and alcohol addiction that coincides with his educational background of Alcohol & Drug Studies that he received from the University of Memphis.

As an Advocate Coordinator for CASA, Buford will supervise and support Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASAs) volunteers ensuring the children involved with the CASA program receive sound advocacy and permanency planning in Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Metcalfe, and Warren counties.

“We are extremely excited to have Billy’s knowledge and experience at CASA,” says Jana Sublett, Executive Director CASA of South Central KY. “As we continue to grow as agency, we look for individuals we feel will bring something new to the table. Billy has such a unique career that has lead him to CASA. We are privileged to have him our team.”

“I knew when I saw the CASA Advocate Coordinator job description that it was the job for me. I can’t think of anything that’s more in my wheel house,” said Buford. “I am already seeing what an impact this agency has on the children it supports.”

The number of vulnerable children in the child welfare system continues to rise each year. The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Court (AOC) reported 1,494 cases of neglect, abuse, and dependency in the CASA service region in 2017. For community-minded citizens who wish to be the voice for a child’s best interest within the court system, you can find out more about the program’s mission on their website – www.casaofsck.org. Applications for the next training beginning in October 22, 2018 in Warren County can be found on the site at www.casaofsck.org/volunteer, or for more information, contact Executive Director Jana Sublett – 270.782.5353 or Jana@casaofsck.org. For more information on how to donate or become a sponsor for an upcoming CASA event, go to www.casaofsck.org/donate.

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