LANCASTER, PA (December 28, 2018) – Over the course of 2018, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers advocated for 325 children. “Thanks to the generous support of this community, we were able to light the way home for 92 of them,” states Executive Director, Jessica Laspino. Very simply, 92 children are now with their forever families because of donations to CASA of Lancaster.
CASAs are specially trained community volunteers, appointed by a judge, to represent the best interests of abused, neglected, and/or abandoned children in court. The children CASA serve have come into the child welfare system through no fault of their own, and need us and the community to ensure they will find their way into safe and permanent homes.
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life and professions and have one thing in common: they care about kids. Volunteers get to know the child they represent by talking with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and, most importantly, the child. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs, what the child wants, and, from the volunteer’s perspective, what is in the best interest of the child.
If you want to help brighten the futures of the most vulnerable children in our community, please join us at one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more:
· Thursday, January 10, 12:00pm at LCBC Lancaster City, 313 West Liberty St., Lanc PA 17603
· Monday, February 4, 6:00pm at United Disability Services, 2270 Erin Ct., Lanc. PA 17601
· Thursday, March 14, 12:00pm at New Joy Church, 35 New Joy Dr., Ephrata PA 17522
The sessions are free 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 emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.