Court Appointed Special Advocates
Change a Child's Story.TM
To learn more about York County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and how you can become a volunteer, please contact our office at 717-771-9754 or via email for more information. Join us for our next pre-service training, which will begin September 12 and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday evening until November 9 with our Swearing-In Ceremony.
Click on this link to complete the on-line application. The application deadline is August 21.
To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call ChildLine at 800-932-0313.
If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.
It is the mission of York County CASA to equip and empower advocate volunteers with the necessary tools, knowledge and training that will enable them to speak up and stand for abused and neglected children so that the children of York County are safe, have a permanent home and have an opportunity to thrive.
Volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children's best interests. This best-interest advocacy makes a life-changing difference for children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect, many of whom are in foster care.
CASA volunteers gather facts and report those to the court without bias. Their focus is to ensure safety, permanency, and stability for children.
To learn more about the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, call the CASA office at 717-771-9754 or contact us via email.
There is another organization operating under the name of CASA that has become active in South Central PA.
- This organization is Central American Solidarity Association (CASA de Maryland) and while they share our acronym, they are a completely separate organization with no affiliation to any Court Appointed Special Advocate programs.
- The similar name has caused some confusion in the media and the community, which has attributed CASA de Maryland's participation in political rallies and partisan and political stances, particularly on immigration issues, to Court Appointed Special Advocates.
- We wish to reassure our volunteer Advocates, donors, and stakeholders that Court Appointed Special Advocate programs have not changed their tactics, focus, or non-partisan approach, but remain true to the mission of providing a qualified and compassionate court-appointed volunteer advocate to every child who has experienced abuse or neglect, to ensure the fundamental human right of having a safe, nurturing, and permanent home is met. We remain solely committed to the best interest of children in our foster care system.
- If you wish to reach CASA de Maryland, its website provides the following phone number for its York Welcome Center: 717-219-7974