CASA of Lancaster County Welcomes New Volunteers
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lancaster County recently swore in eleven 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.
In alignment with National Child Abuse Prevention Month, friends, family members and CASA supporters witnessed Judge Jay J. Hoberg swear in eleven volunteer advocates during a ceremony held April 11.
The new members include: Nancy Berthoud, of Hershey; Lindsay Busko, of Lancaster; Dina Faus of Elizabethtown; Deborahlynn Forbes of Mountville; Coral Heim of Lancaster; Lina Hohl of Lancaster; Steve Klipa of Lititz; Brian Klugh of Lancaster; Rebecca Lyttle of Lancaster; Tanya Reynolds of Denver; Barry Richardson of Lancaster.
The volunteers had completed a 30-hour training program required before becoming further involved with CASA. Prior to being appointed to a child, CASA volunteers must also complete a series of background clearances.
"I am energized to see that we have high numbers of interested volunteers after three successful years. It certainly is needed as there are still hundreds of children in Lancaster that can benefit from a CASA," said Jessica Laspino, the group's executive director.
The eighth class of volunteers will bring the total number of CASA volunteers in Lancaster County to more than 70. CASA volunteers have served 155 children since January 2010.
CASA will host its next volunteer training in the fall. For information about volunteering, call 208-3280 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.