CASA of Lancaster Urges Community to Act Against Child Abuse
LANCASTER, PA (April 05, 2018) – During National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County challenges residents of Lancaster County to stand against child abuse and take action to support children who have been abused or neglected.
Right now there are approximately 15,000 children in temporary foster care in Pennsylvania. According to the Kids Count Data Center, on any one given day, over 700 Lancaster County children are in foster care because they have experienced abuse and neglect so severe that they were removed from their homes.
The number of children in Lancaster County coming into care continues to grow. This trend not only threatens the future of the child, but that of our own communities and neighborhoods. You have the opportunity to change that by getting involved. “Every child deserves the support of a caring, consistent, trained adult to help them find a safe, loving home where they can heal and thrive,” says CASA Director of Community Outreach, Melissa Leibig.
Throughout the month of April, CASA of Lancaster is calling on members of the community to help our program serve more of the county’s most vulnerable children. Learn more about how you can make a difference in the life of a child in foster care by joining us on April 17, May 15, or June 19 at one of our monthly information sessions. We are also hosting a Community Awareness Breakfast at the Cork Factory Hotel on April 27th and, on May 9th, the Fidevia 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting CASA is being held at Foxchase Golf Club in Stevens!
“CASA Volunteer Advocates are a constant for the child in a time of chaos,” said Jessica Laspino, Executive Director. “A child may have multiple social workers, attorneys, therapists and foster placements throughout the life of the case but only one Casa, which can make all the difference for the child’s future.”
CASA of Lancaster County is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA), a nationwide network of programs in nearly 1,000 communities. At the heart of the movement are nearly 87,000 highly trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of more than 280,000 of America’s children who have been abused or neglected. There are currently only 150 CASA Volunteer Advocates speaking up for the best interests of 243 children but hundreds more children need the care and support of a CASA. For more information about CASA of Lancaster County, to become a supporter or to volunteer, visit www.casalancaster.org, call 717-208-3280, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every one of us has an obligation and an opportunity to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. If you see abuse, report it to Child Line at (800) 932-0313. If a child’s life is in danger, call 911. We challenge you to stand with us and demand an end to child abuse and neglect. If we all come together, maybe we will no longer need a Child Abuse Prevention Month.