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Oct 21, 2012

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Jefferson Parish

Volunteer award benefits CASA

By Melinda Morris
The Times-Picayune
October 21, 2012

It doesn’t surprise CASA Jefferson Director Cynthia Chauvin that her predecessor, Joy Peacock, donated to CASA the $1,000 she won recently for her career in public service.

The Bureau of Governmental Research “recognizes people who have been in the trenches in government as employees. They recognize good government,” Chauvin said.

“This award has significance more than any other for me. It recognizes what’s right about public service from the ground up, and Joy has always been an advocate for kids and families.”

Peacock, who is now deputy judicial administrator of special programs with the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court, recently received BGR’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peacock said, “I’m very honored. I’m very humbled, and very proud.”

She said CASA Jefferson, a program that provides volunteers to stand up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system and beyond, “is a passion as well as a profession for me.”

Peacock became director of CASA Jefferson in 2001, when it was a much smaller program — there were 15 CASA advocates serving 40 children. The program has expanded to 132 CASA advocates who serve 260 children.

Now, the program is transitioning from being under the supervision of the court to becoming a nonprofit organization.

Because of that, Peacock said, “I couldn’t think of a better way” to spend the $1,000 prize awarded to her by BGR.

Chauvin, who nominated Peacock for the award, said Peacock is just the kind of person to donate the money back to CASA, although she certainly didn’t expect her to do so.

Peacock is planning to retire next year from the court, but says “I will probably always be involved in CASA in some level.”

Her memories of CASA include “hundreds of examples of volunteers who helped children transition in many ways from a very unstable situation to a lifetime of stability.”

She herself even became a foster parent for two years for one girl, and maintains a relationship with the girl, now age 21, to this day.

Although CASA is transitioning out from under oversight of the courts, it will remain in its current location at 671 Whitney Ave., Gretna.

Chauvin said support from the public is welcome and needed.

Visit Casa Jefferson Inc. at casajefferson.com, call 504.233.CASA or email cynthia@casajefferson.com

Oct 21, 2012

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Jefferson Parish

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