Most Child Abuse Occurs Within the Family
LANCASTER, PA (January 30, 2018) – Although it is certainly true that child abuse occurs outside the home, most often children are abused by a caregiver or someone they know, not a stranger. When these children have experienced abuse or neglect so severe that it is not safe for them to stay in their homes, they are placed in foster care. After entering the foster care system, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to advocate for the best interests of the child in court. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA.
CASA of Lancaster County trains community members to advocate for children in foster care. No special or legal background is required to volunteer as a CASA, only a willingness to help the most vulnerable members of their community. The involvement of a trained CASA volunteer makes a real difference— to the child who has a consistent adult to count on during such a difficult time in their life and to a judge who can depend on a CASA for a well?researched recommendation on the child's needs.
A comprehensive volunteer training program for individuals who are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer is scheduled to begin February 21st. Classes will meet Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. An evening training program will begin in April, meeting Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
Child abuse is devastating. We are all affected by this issue. Please learn how you can change a child’s life and help 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.