(NASHVILLE, TN, September 20, 2012 – State Senator Doug Overbey (R- Maryville) has been named “Legislator of the Year” in Tennessee for his efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. The award from Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association was presented to Overbey on Tuesday in Nashville.
TN CASA provides training and technical assistance to 27 CASA programs serving 46 counties. CASA volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. They are trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak for abused and neglected children in court. The goal is to expedite the process through which these abused and neglected children are found permanent, safe homes.
According to CASA, Sen. Overbey has a long history of supporting programs for abused and neglected children. Most recently, during the past legislative session, he helped secure new funding for eight local CASA programs, in addition to TN CASA.
“Sen. Overbey has a sincere interest in helping older youth in foster care. He made certain his fellow legislators understood the barriers faced by youth transitioning from foster care to independent living,” said Meagan Frazier, TN CASA Board Member. “The passage of the Transitioning Youth Act was critical to older foster youth who now have the opportunity to receive additional support so that they have a better chance of success.”
“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Senator Overbey. “CASA has been a vital link for abused and neglected children to receive the help they need for a better life. I appreciate this recognition and am pleased to partner with CASA to push for better services for these vulnerable children.”
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