Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lancaster County
To provide a qualified and compassionate court-appointed volunteer advocate to every child who is abused and neglected, to ensure the fundamental human right of having a safe, nurturing, and permanent home is met.
Every child who is abused and neglected will have a safe, permanent home and the support to become a healthy, empowered adult, thereby breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.
In 2005, President Judge Louis J. Farina realized the benefit that a CASA program could bring to Lancaster County. Judge Leslie Gorbey, chair of the Family and Juvenile Courts, was appointed to spearhead the steering committee. And the rest, as they say, is our history . . .
- Judge Gorbey gathered a committee of community stakeholders to begin the process of bringing a CASA program to fruition in Lancaster. Those dedicated steering committee members still remain supportive of the CASA program today and we would not be the program we are without them: Crystal Gingrich, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency; Lisa McCoy, partner at Nikolaus and Hohenadel; Alice Yoder, Director of Community Health at LGH; Dennis Hockensmith, Executive Director at the PA CASA Association; Wanda Noll, Executive Director at York County CASA; and Stacey Spangenburg, Admissions Counselor at Milton Hershey School.
- The steering committee met for the first time in 2005 and built the foundation of the organization, recruiting and bringing together CASA's first Board of Directors.
- The first meeting of the Board of Directors was in 2007 and, together with the foundation of the steering committee, these dedicated community professionals completed the necessary groundwork and fundraising to hire the organizations first staff member Jessica Laspino began as CASA's Executive Director in the fall of 2009 and remains with the company today.
- In January 2010, the Lancaster County Dependency Court appointed CASA its first case.
Our Core Values
Best Interests of the Child
Will be reflected in every action of the CASA organization.
Will be served through engagement, education, and transparency.
Will be upheld to the child, to our volunteers, and to our supporters.
Will be created through cross systemic work and seeking common ground.
Dignity and Respect
Will be demonstrated through each interaction with every person.