CASA of Lancaster County Swears in New Volunteer Advocates
LANCASTER, PA (December 7, 2017) – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County recently swore in ten new volunteer advocates. CASA volunteer advocates are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children with the belief that all children deserve safe, nurturing, and permanent homes.
Friends, family members, and CASA supporters witnessed Judge Jeffrey J. Reich swear in the new volunteer advocates during a ceremony held December 7 at the CASA office, North Duke Street, Lancaster. The new volunteers are: Wayne Acker, Lititz; Martha Dixon, Lancaster; Cathy Duke, Lititz; Jasmine Jackson, Lancaster, Mary Beth Kritzer, Leola; Adalmarie Maldonado, Lancaster; Michael Quear, Nottingham; Jordan Raudenbush, Ephrata; Awa Stateson, Lancaster; Angelina Stillman, New Holland; and Jacquelin Stoner, Willow Street.
The unprecedented swell in the number of new cases being assigned by dependency court judges necessitated the addition of a fourth training class. Instead of asking prospective volunteers to wait until February 2018 for the next class CASA decided to add one more in 2017. This new class of Volunteer Advocates brings the total number of trained CASA advocates in Lancaster County to 279. CASA volunteers have served 586 children since the first case was appointed to CASA in January 2010.
Before being sworn in, these newest volunteers completed 30 hours of in-class training facilitated by CASA staff with presentations from Children and Youth staff members, various attorneys whom CASA volunteers work with, a judge, and local service providers and professionals.
CASA of Lancaster County provides court appointed volunteer advocacy for children of abuse and neglect in the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. CASA volunteers believe that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right.
For information about becoming involved with CASA, call 208-3280 or send an email to: casa@CASAlancaster.org or visit www.casalancaster.org.