Make A Child's New Year BrighterLANCASTER, PA (November 18, 2014) – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County trains community members to advocate for children.
Volunteers receive in-depth training to advocate in court and in the community for the needs and rights of children in foster care. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life and professions and have one thing in common: they care about kids.
New Year’s resolutions typically focus on self-improvement: lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more often. This year, why not resolve to do something even more lasting: make a child’s New Year brighter?
As a court-appointed special advocate, you would brighten 2015 for a child who has suffered abuse and neglect so severe they have been removed from their home and placed in foster care.
Volunteers get to know the child they represent by talking with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and, most importantly, the child. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs, what the child wants, and what, from the volunteer’s perspective, is in the best interest of the child.
Volunteers receive ongoing education and support from CASA of Lancaster County.
For many of the children in foster care, CASAs are the only stable and consistent adult in their life. CASAs work to protect the child’s rights and to find them a safe and nurturing forever home.
If you want to brighten a child’s life in the New Year, join us at one of the following Community Awareness Sessions on Engagement (C.A.S.E.). There are many ways to be involved with CASA – volunteer child advocate is only one. To learn more and make a lifelong difference, join us at one of our C.A.S.E. for CASA meetings.
C.A.S.E. for CASA meetings are scheduled as follows:
- Tuesday, Jan 20, 6:00 pm at CASA, 53 N Duke St, Suite 218, Lancaster
- Tuesday, Feb 17, 12:00 pm at Wesley Church, 1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville
- Tuesday, Mar 17, 12:00 pm at CASA, 53 N Duke St, Suite 218, Lancaster
C.A.S.E. for CASA provides you the opportunity to see audiovisual testimony from youth who have had an active child advocate in their lives during their childhood. As children, these young adults were positively affected by CASA and they will share the lifelong impact of having a qualified, compassionate adult fight for and protect their right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.
The sessions are free of charge and open to the public. RSVP is required due to limited seating. We know how important your time is and our program will not exceed 60 minutes. To reserve your seat, please contact CASA by calling (717)208-3280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.