Dear CASA Volunteers and Supporters: We’re excited to pass on news from Kathy Heebner (who became a life-long connection for one of our CASA kids, and was also voted “Foster Parent of the Year” in Cumberland County last year!). In her spare time, she is also the Director of the Royal Family Kids’ camp located in Greencastle. An international organization, the camp’s mission and story is now being highlighted across the U.S. with the release of a new film. Please click here for more details.
Court Appointed Special Advocates can be that voice. An adult they can count on to be there for them! Recently Michael Piraino CEO of National CASA was a guest of Anderson Cooper and Diane Sawyer. Watch here.
I am sure that all of you remember Moses (see attached with Jennifer DeBalko,Director- Lehigh Co. CASA). I am confident you also remember the tremendous impact Moses has had on the lives of children and his hand in making a successful adoption happen for a CASA child that came to know and trust Moses. Late last night I heard from Paul Kane that Moses has qualified and is going to Madison Square Garden for the 2012 Westminister Dog Show to be held 2/14/2012. This special CASA Volunteer team deserves our support and attention on the 14th.
The Pennsylvania CASA Association is the statewide non-profit organization that works to develop and support local CASA programs. CASA programs are organized for a specific juvenile court jurisdiction. Today there are 20 local programs serving 22 court jurisdictions. The local CASA programs may be county operated, represent one of several programs under an umbrella agency or be set up as an independent non-profit organization. Read More...
Each day in Pennsylvania, children are physically, sexually and emotionally abused and neglected. When the child welfare system intervenes as it must, these children find themselves removed from their homes and in a court where a maze of caseworkers, therapists, attorneys, hearing officers and judges must decide where and with whom they will live. CASA came about because too often these crucial decisions are made without sufficient information, not in the child’s best interest. In 2010 there were 33 Pennsylvania children that died as a direct result of child abuse while 24,615 reports of suspected child abuse were made. Learn more about the scope of the problem.
In December, 2010, Ms. Laryn Wicks informed us that Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates was selected as the recipient of the 2nd annual Stank Family Christmas charitable donation. Learn more...