With an ounce of prevention, we still need a pound of cure.Lancaster, PA (March 3, 2015) - What are you doing about child abuse in your community? April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. You may see blue pinwheels or pins displayed to draw awareness to the issue of child abuse prevention in our communities, an ounce of prevention. With an ounce of prevention, we still need a pound of cure. What about the children who have already suffered abuse and neglect?
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) helps train community members to advocate for children in foster care. Children are placed in foster care because they have experienced abuse or neglect so severe that it is not safe for them to stay in their homes.
Over the course of a year, there are over 600 children in foster care in Lancaster County. Of these 600, approximately 38% are in care because of neglect. In Lancaster County, the most frequently documented reason for removing a child from his or her home is neglect.
CASA is serves approximately 160 children every year. That leaves over 440 children in foster care without a CASA. The gap is evident; the community impact is substantial; the solution is you.
CASA advocates are consistent, compassionate adults that walk beside a child in foster care. Advocates provide court reports to the judge to help aide in the decision about where that child will live. CASAs provide essential information to the court about what is in the best interest of the child. CASA advocates provide a pound of cure.
Every one of us has the obligation and the 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.
If you want to make a lifelong difference, become involved with CASA by attending one of our Community Awareness Sessions on Engagement (C.A.S.E.) Join us at C.A.S.E for CASA for one of the following dates:
- Tuesday April 21, 6:00 pm at Luthercare, 600 East Main Street, Lititz, PA
- Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 pm at CASA, 53 North Duke St, Suite 218, Lancaster PA
- Tuesday, June 16, 12:00 pm at North Museum, 400 College Ave, Lancaster PA
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 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 email@example.com