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New Advocates Ready to Serve Local Children

LANCASTER, PA (July 19, 2016) – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County recently trained 21 new volunteer advocates. Judge Leslie Gorbey swore in the new volunteer advocates during a ceremony held on Monday, June 29, 2016 at Lancaster County Community Foundation, 24 W King St, Suite 201, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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These 21 new CASA volunteer advocates are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of children in foster care. CASA advocates are consistent, compassionate adults that walk beside a child throughout the entire journey in foster care.

Advocates provide court reports to the judge to help aide in the decision about the child’s needs and ultimately where the child will live. CASAs provide essential information to the court about what is in the best interest of the child. Every CASA believes all children deserve safe, nurturing, and permanent homes.

The Spring 2016 class of advocates will bring the total number of trained CASA advocates in Lancaster County to 234. These 21 new volunteer advocates will serve between 30 and 40 children in foster care.

CASA volunteers have served 424 children to date since the organization’s first appointment in January 2010.

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:
  • Melissa Anderson, Lancaster
  • Linda Conahan, Ephrata
  • Nicky Duer, Lancaster
  • Judy Durand, Lancaster
  • Miki Fisher, Mount Joy
  • Philip Golden, Lancaster
  • Jerome Gottlieb, Lebanon
  • Joan Hawkins, Lancaster
  • Sharon Herman, Lancaster
  • Margaret Hopkins, Elizabethtown
  • Luis Jesus Martinez, Lancaster
  • Claudia Paz, Lancaster
  • Laura Perry, Lancaster
  • Tiffany Ramirez, Lancaster
  • Larry Rarig, Lancaster
  • Miriam Schrock, Akron
  • Nancy Shirk, Gap
  • Brandi Simone, Lancaster
  • Sandy Strunk, Lancaster
  • Joy Suter, Mount Joy
  • Vera Wagner, Lancaster

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 (left to right): Joan Hawkins, Linda Conahan, Miriam Schrock, Brandi Simone, Nicky Duer, Claudia Paz, Rebecca Redman (CASA Volunteer Manager), Philip Golden, Laura Perry, Miki Fisher, Sandy Strunk, Joy Suter, Melissa Anderson, Nancy Shirk
Back (left to right): Sharon Herman, Luis Jesus Martinez, Margaret Hopkins, Jerome Gotleib, Larry Rarig, Vera Wagner
Not pictured: Judy Durand, Tiffany Ramirez

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