LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- There was a little piece of good news for our valley's foster children today.
A new class of court-appointed volunteers was sworn in to look after the kids' special needs.
Las Vegas Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan welcomed 16 new Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers with a special ceremony.
These men and women speak on behalf of foster kids, advocating for them at school or in court.
Following a swearing in ceremony, each was immediately handed a stack of cases to get right to work.
Each CASA volunteer has already gone through three weeks of training, and the court is asking them for a two-year commitment.
Judge Sullivan says their presence in the lives of foster kids is invaluable.
"A CASA (volunteer) not only speaks up for what the child wants or desires, (he or she) also explains the process to a child," Sullivan said. "It can be very intimidating coming to court so here they try to understand what's happening, make sure that voice is heard, but also they add what's best for that child."