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Cumberland County CASA Program Seeks Volunteers to Advocate for Children

The Cumberland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program is actively seeking volunteers to aid children who have faced neglect or abuse. The program emphasizes the urgent need for community members who are committed to supporting vulnerable children and ensuring their voices are heard in the judicial system.

CASA has organized two virtual informational sessions for potential volunteers to learn more about the roles and responsibilities involved. These sessions are scheduled for Monday, July 15, and will be held at noon and 6 pm. Interested individuals can attend by registering in advance either by sending an email to casa@cumberlandcountypa.gov with their name and preferred session time or by filling out an application online.

Anita Brewster, the Program Director at Cumberland County CASA, stated, “CASA volunteers are trained community members appointed by a judge to serve as the court’s ‘eyes and ears’. They represent the best interest of the child, many of whom are in foster care, by prioritizing their needs and ensuring that their ‘voice’ is heard in court.”

Prospective volunteers are required to be at least 21 years old and will need to pass a background check and interview. They must also complete 40 hours of additional training, which is set to begin in early September 2024. On average, volunteers dedicate 10-20 hours per month to their advocacy work, with most cases lasting between 18 and 24 months.

For those interested in making a significant impact on the lives of children in need, additional information is available at cumberlandcountypa.gov/casa. Potential volunteers can also contact CASA directly via email at casa@cumberlandcountypa.gov or by calling 717.240.6159.

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