CASA Receives $40,000 National Grant

Dennis Hockensmith congratulates Jessica Laspino CASA Receives $40000 National Grant

Lancaster, PA (July 10, 2013) - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County has been awarded a $40,000 Advocacy grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (NCASAA). This money will be used to increase the number of children ages 7-17 who are benefitting from CASA volunteer advocacy in Lancaster County.

There are currently 946 CASA and volunteer guardian ad litem offices across the country training and supporting a network of 77,102 volunteers who ensure that children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect receive needed services and a voice in determining their futures.

In 2013, National CASA is awarding a total of $3.65 million in federal grants. Funds are provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), US Department of Justice, as authorized under the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990.

"CASA programs continue to face deep budget cuts as a result of the still-struggling economy,” says Michael Piraino, CEO of the National CASA Association. "National CASA grants provide strength and stability to our network, ensuring we continue to support the children who need help the most.”

Since CASA of Lancaster County was appointed its first case in January 2010, seventy-three volunteer advocates have advocated for and helped to facilitate permanent homes for 166 children. CASA programs are predicated on the belief that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right. CASA volunteers fight for that right, they lift up children's voices, they lift up children's lives.

Executive Director, Jessica Laspino stated, "The NCASAA grant will help ensure that more vulnerable children are provided a CASA Volunteer Advocate who will work tirelessly on behalf of the child’s best interest until a safe and permanent home is facilitated.”

CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

CASA offers many opportunities to be involved in supporting children. Learn more about CASA by attending one of our information sessions. Additional information is available at www.casalancaster.org, email casa@casalancaster.org or call (717)208-3280.

Photo caption: Dennis Hockensmith (L), PA CASA Executive Director congratulates Jessica Laspino Executive Director, CASA of Lancaster County on receipt of the $40,000 grant.

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