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CASA Swears in Largest Class to Date

LANCASTER, PA (April 7, 2015) – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County swore in 31 new volunteer advocates, our largest class ever. Friends, family members, and CASA supporters witnessed Judge Jeffrey J. Reich and Judge Leslie Gorbey swear in the new volunteer advocates during a ceremony held on Thursday, March 19 at VisionCorps, 244 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA.

CASA volunteer advocates are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of children in foster care with the belief that all children deserve safe, nurturing, and permanent homes. CASA advocates are consistent, compassionate adults that walk beside a child in foster care. Advocates provide court reports to the judge to help aide in the decision about where that child will live. CASAs provide essential information to the court about what is in the best interest of the child.

Before being sworn in, volunteers complete a required 30-hour training program. Volunteers must also complete a series of background clearances prior to being appointed to a child. The new advocates are: Becky Ahlquist, Lancaster; Patrick Barrett, Ephrata; Karen Bewley, Lititz; Barbara Bracewell, Manheim; Samantha Fitzpatrick, Stevens; Kara Good, Manheim; Sandra Harnish, Willow Street; Ronald Herr, Lancaster; Shelly Herr, Lancaster; Alden Huffman, East Earl; Diane Koken, Lancaster; Gregory Liscio, Quarryville; Marlise Mellinger, Lititz; Kristi Miller, Leola; Debra Napolitan, Columbia; Ruby Pena, Lancaster; Sharron Ragan, Lancaster; Chelsea Rutherford, Lititz; John Seroky, Lancaster; Nicole Seroky, Lancaster; Frances Sescilla, Willow Street; Jon Singer, Lancaster; Kelly Jo Singleton, Lancaster; Sara Sippel, Landisville; Mary Steffy, Lancaster; John Titus, Lancaster; Barbara Titus, Lancaster; Karen Uhrich, Mount Joy; Shirley Weakland, Lancaster; Janice Weber-Brown, Lancaster; Dianna Wills, Marietta.

The Winter 2015 class of advocates will bring the total number of trained CASA advocates in Lancaster County to 155. These 31 new volunteer advocates will serve between 50 and 60 children who have been abused and neglected, removed from their homes, and placed into foster care. CASA volunteers have served 285 children to date since the organization’s first appointment in January 2010.

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.

To learn how you can be a part of the CASA movement to make Lancaster County a place where every child grows up in a home free of abuse and neglect, contact us at (717) 208-3280 or

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