Senator Lehner (far right) stands with the group of award recipients honored during the 23rd Annual Celebrate Kids! Conference.
COLUMBUS - State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) was recently honored for her legislative efforts supporting court-appointed volunteer advocates and the abused and neglected children they serve. 

Lehner received the Child Advocate of the Year Award during a special presentation at Ohio CASA's twenty-third Annual Celebrate Kids! Conference. 

As part of the state operating budget, Senator Lehner successfully championed a $600,000 investment in CASA programs and to assist existing programs in the recruitment, training and support of local volunteers. 

"I am deeply honored to be recognized by Ohio CASA," said Lehner. "Ohio's CASA volunteers are the true heroes though. I commend each of them for the invaluable work they do for Ohio's children, helping them navigate through some of the most challenging situations in their young lives." 

CASA (court-appointed special advocates) volunteers are part of a trained team responsible for advocating for the best interest of children in court. These individuals are typically assigned to children for the duration of a case, which often last for several years. 

Ohio CASA has been working for more than two decades to guarantee a volunteer advocate for every child, victimized by abuse and neglect, in every Ohio county. Today, 40 CASA programs serve children across 47 counties in Ohio. 
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