CASA Welcomes 13 New Advocates
LANCASTER, PA (Dec 1, 2015) – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County recently swore in thirteen new volunteer advocates. Judge Jeffrey J. Reich swore in the new volunteer advocates during a ceremony held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Lancaster County Courthouse, 50 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602.
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.
This class was the first to be sworn in at the courthouse. Jessica Laspino, Executive Director of CASA says, "It was incredible to witness the first class taking their oath in the courthouse. What a perfect way for them to be welcomed into the CASA family!”
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: Justin Bandy, Lancaster; Karen Blevins, Lancaster; Doris Fee, Lancaster; Cindi Foster, Pequea; Rebecca Goldberg, Ephrata; Debra Hall, Lancaster; Priscilla Meyette, Lancaster; Kim Morton, Mountville; Marcia Nissley, Ronks; Elaine Rebman, Lancaster; Karen Robinson, Columbia; Jenny Thayer, Elizabethtown; Lynda Wolfe, Leola
D’Arcy Crocker, Program Director describes the fall 2015 class, "This class was a very calm and engaging group. They were eager to learn and exciting to teach.”
The Fall 2015 class of advocates will bring the total number of trained CASA advocates in Lancaster County to 159. These 12 new volunteer advocates will serve between 20 and 30 children in foster care.
CASA volunteers have served 345 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Front row (L to R): Doris Fee, Kim Morton, Cindi Foster, Karen Robinson, Rebecca Goldberg, Karen Blevins.
Back row (L to R): Lynda Wolfe, Priscilla Meyette, Debra Hall, Justin Bandy, Elaine Rebman, Marcia Nissley, Judge Jeffrey Reich
Not Pictured: Jenny Thayer