A hero for children
by Michelle Baruchman
June 28, 2014 08:27 PM | 1830 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Millie Bush poses with her award, Child Advocate of the Year, at the Awards of Excellence Recognition Luncheon on June 9 during the annual conference in Grapevine, Texas. Bush has donated 11 years of volunteer service with the Cherokee County CASA program to help find loving homes for more than 50 children in the foster care system. <br> Special to the Tribune
Millie Bush poses with her award, Child Advocate of the Year, at the Awards of Excellence Recognition Luncheon on June 9 during the annual conference in Grapevine, Texas. Bush has donated 11 years of volunteer service with the Cherokee County CASA program to help find loving homes for more than 50 children in the foster care system.
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A local advocate was honored with a national award for her contributions on behalf of abused and neglected children.

The National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association recognized Millie Bush with the Child Advocate of the Year Award on June 9 at the Awards of Excellence Recognition Luncheon held during their annual conference in Grapevine, Texas.

“We are thrilled that Millie is being recognized for the dedication, hard work and heart she brings to the task of advocating for children in our community’s foster care system,” said CASA Executive Director of Cherokee County Deidre Hollands in a press release. “She is a fantastic CASA Volunteer who never grows weary. We are humbled and honored to have Millie in our CASA family. This award is well-deserved.”

Bush has donated 11 years of volunteer service with the Cherokee County CASA program to help find loving homes for more than 50 children in the foster care system.

Prior to her children’s advocacy work, Bush held careers with the U.S. Air Force and Hewlett Packard. Bush’s husband, Phil, joined her as a CASA Volunteer Child Advocate.

John Sumner, presiding judge of the Juvenile Court of Cherokee County described Bush as an embodiment of “the attributes needed in juvenile court: a dedicated professional who works hard, knows the families and children, is dedicated to the goal of a safe and permanent home, respects the opinions of others, and ensures her thoughts are known,” according to a news release.

CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children. Bringing urgency to a child’s needs, both in and out of a courtroom, CASA volunteers promote safety, permanency and well-being through independent recommendations.

Last year, more than 2,165 CASA volunteers served more than 8,890 children in Georgia. Currently, 48 CASA programs are located across Georgia, serving 143 counties and 48 of the 49 judicial circuits.

On the national level, almost 75,000 CASA and guardian ad litem volunteers helped 238,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes in 2013. Within the state of Georgia, more than 2,165 CASA volunteers served more than 8,890 children.

There are 48 CASA programs located across Georgia, serving 143 counties, including 48 of the 49 judicial circuits.

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