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New Advocates will serve over 30 Children

LANCASTER, PA (May 19, 2016) – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County swore in the 17th class of advocates. Judge Leslie Gorbey and Judge Thomas Sponaugle were present to swear in the new advocates. The ceremony was held on Thursday, March 17 at the PA College of Health Sciences campus located in the Burle Business Park (1004 New Holland Ave, Lancaster PA).

The twenty-two community members who comprise the 17th class of advocates have decided to stand beside children who desperately need someone on their side.

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Program Director, D’Arcy Crocker noted, “Each new graduating class of advocates brings us closer to achieving our goal of a CASA for every child in Lancaster County foster care by 2020.”

On any given day there are over 520 children in the Lancaster County foster care system, but more than 350 of them are without a CASA.

Studies have shown that children with a CASA are more likely to find a safe and permanent home, spend less time in foster care, do better in school, and receive more help while in the foster care system.

The actions of one CASA can mean everything to a child in foster care. CASAs speak on behalf of children in the foster care system – ensuring they don’t get lost in an overburdened system.

The twenty two new CASAs are:

  • Candace Abel, Mt Joy
  • Rachel Albrecht, Lancaster
  • Theresa Baker, Mountville
  • Barry Brandt, Lancaster
  • Christine Bunce, Lancaster
  • Alexia Cain, Manheim
  • Michelle Enright, Robesonia
  • Mary Beth Filling, Lancaster
  • Alex Grumbrecht, Lancaster
  • Debra Hartley, Downingtown
  • Mary Keener, Lebanon
  • Lisa Kreider, Ephrata
  • Jessica Lauver, Lancaster
  • Kathleen O'Hara, Lititz
  • Paula Porter, Lancaster
  • Jennifer Post, Columbia
  • Sandy Rome, Elizabethtown
  • Andrea Smith, Hummelstown
  • Nicole Snavely, Conestoga
  • Lindsey Stoltzfus, Strasburg
  • Cathy Walker, Lancaster
  • Mary Waskowicz, Denver

CASA of Lancaster County provides a unique opportunity for community volunteers to give a child a voice and the chance for a promising future.

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

Photo caption:
Front row (L to R): Christine Bunce, Alexia Cain, Andrea Smith, Cathy Walker, Sandy Rome, Jessica Lauver, Mary Beth Filling, Lisa Kreider
Back row (L to R): Mary Waskowicz, Mary Keener, Rachel Albrecht, Barry Brandt, Kathleen O'Hara, Alex Grumbrecht, Jennifer Post, Paula Porter, Michelle Enright, Debra Hartley, Theresa Baker, Candace Abel
Not pictured: Nicole Snavely and Lindsey Stoltzfus

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