On the Way to Every Child by 2020

Volunteer Advocate Class Spring 2014 On the Way to Every Child by 202

LANCASTER, PA (June 5, 2014) - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County has a goal: every child by 2020.

CASA is working to provide a court appointed special advocate to every Lancaster County child in foster care by 2020. CASA’s latest group of newly trained volunteer advocates takes the organization one step closer to its goal.

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 the presence of friends, family members, and CASA supporters, Judge Jeffrey Reich swore in nine new volunteer advocates.

CASA’s take an oath agreeing to comply with CASA directives, carry out responsibilities as ordered by the Court, and maintain integrity and confidentiality of all pertinent information.

The short but impactful ceremony was held Thursday, May 15 at the CASA office – 53 N. Duke St, Suite 218 in Lancaster.

The graduating Spring 2014 class members are: Wendy Blair, Willow Street; Jessica Digman, Quarryville; Perky Fredricks, Quarryville; Nicole Martin, Elizabethtown; Barbara McFarland, Lebanon; Kathy Noll, Lancaster; MaryAnn Robins, Willow Street; Linda Scott, Reinholds; Christine Smith, Lancaster

The volunteers completed the 30-hour training program required before being appointed by the court to advocate for a child or sibling group. Prior to being appointed to a child, CASA volunteers must also complete a series of background clearances.

This class marks the eleventh group of volunteer advocates graduating from CASA. In addition, this class holds the distinction of a milestone – the 100th trained volunteer.

"We are well on our way to reaching our ‘every child by 2020 goal’ and sustaining the growth we’ve experienced to date. This will enable us to serve the hundreds of children in Lancaster that can benefit from a CASA." said Jessica Laspino, Executive Director.

CASA volunteers have served 213 children since the first case was appointed to CASA in January 2010.

CASA volunteers believe that every child deserves to grow up in a home free of abuse and neglect, and that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right. CASA volunteers fight for that right, they lift up children's voices, they lift up children's lives.

For information about being involved with CASA, call 208-3280 or send an email to casa@casalancaster.org or visit www.casalancaster.org.

Photo Caption: Judge Jeffrey Reich (back center) administered an oath to nine new volunteer advocates (L to R): Wendy Blair, Jessica Digman, Perky Fredricks, MaryAnn Robins, Barbara McFarland, Nicole Martin, Christine Smith, Kathy Noll (not pictured: Linda Scott).

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