Every year the Oklahoma Court Appointed Advocates Association and Post Adjudication Review Board honor Oklahomans who have dedicated their time to helping abused and neglected children across the state.
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Honorable Rocky L. Powers, Associate District Judge of Bryan County, was the recipient of Judge of the Year at the Voices for Children Awards of Excellence Banquet.
Serving on the bench for nearly 40 years, Judge Powers has seen many cases pass through his courtroom and has been the primary judge on juvenile cases and issues in Bryan County. “Judge Powers’ dedication and his leadership have led to a dependence on him by all entities that serve children,” said Scotti Fralicks, Bryan County PARB Chairman. “His focus is always the safety and welfare of each child.” Judge Powers joined five other Oklahomans in receiving an award to recognize the difference they have made in the lives of children.
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a volunteer that represents the best interest of abused and neglected children in the dependency court. CASA volunteers help serve as the eyes and ears of the judge by gathering relevant information about the child’s circumstances through interviews and reports.
A Post Adjudication Review Board (PARB) is made up of volunteers who conduct reviews of court cases involving children who have been adjudicated as deprived. It is the job of the board to evaluate the goals of each individual case and the progress made toward these goals. To find out more about CASA and PARB or this year’s award winners, call 1-800-742-2272 or visit www.oklahomacasa.org.
Submitted by CASA.