The Summit County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Board will host CASA volunteers and board representatives from several Ohio counties as it observes CASA Day in Ohio at the Fairlawn Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 12.

LeeAnne Cornyn, Director of Children’s Initiatives for Governor Mike DeWine’s office, will be the keynote speaker. Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio will also deliver welcoming remarks.

CASA programs train volunteers who accept cases involving children who are court-involved through no fault of their own. While the case of the family member navigates its way through the court process, the CASA volunteer examines aspects of the child’s environment and makes recommendations during court proceedings to assure the child's best interests are addressed.

The Summit County CASA program is the largest in the state of Ohio and among the top five largest in the nation, with nearly 300 CASA volunteers.

At the end of the luncheon, representatives from the Ohio CASA Board will meet at the Juvenile Court.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those involved in our particular programs to network and share methods that have worked for us, and how we can improve on what we do,” Summit County CASA/GAL Program Director Beth Cardina said in a news release. “Our CASA Board and Judge Teodosio have been extremely supportive of our Summit County program, and we hope to continue to be a positive influence in the lives of the children who need our assistance.”