Caring About Children Who Need Help
LANCASTER, PA (February 16, 2018) – Every day, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County works with children from hard places. Our advocates are often asked how they can bear to hear about the abuse and suffering. Perhaps it is because they also see and hear the uplifting stories. Kids overcoming adversity, healing from their trauma and succeeding despite the challenges they face, finally having hope for their future.
CASA Advocate, Larry Rarig, has been a dedicated volunteer for almost two years. “I recommend becoming a CASA because you are meeting a need right here in your own community. You don’t do it for your own personal gratification, although you do get that out of it. Right now, CASA is only able to provide advocates to 40% of the children in foster care. Being a CASA is fulfilling a need. There’s so much turnover and turmoil in these children’s lives that doesn’t need to be there. They need stability, and what you bring to the situation as the CASA is the stability, the familiar face, and someone to help them. They need it, and there’s a lot of kids out there not getting it. Somebody has to do it.”
Our volunteers tell us they stepped up because they wanted to help children and to feel like they are actually doing something to make a difference. We invite YOU to come and experience the rewarding moments you receive as a CASA volunteer. It is a life-changing venture that many volunteers say has changed them forever!
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.
Take the next step in becoming a CASA volunteer by visiting our website: www.casalancaster.org, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 717-208-3280.