Volunteers Needed For At-Risk Children

Individuals interested in becoming advocates for at-risk children are invited to an Oct. 17 informational session hosted by York County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children.

The informational session is the second this year meant to help address a shortage of volunteer CASA child advocates. The advocates help children navigate the oft-complicated system of social workers, foster homes, courts, and service agencies.

York County CASA is currently monitoring more than 200 cases that could benefit from a child advocate. No prior legal experience is necessary to serve.

Approximately 400,000 children nationwide are navigating the court system without an advocate fighting for their rights.

“Every child deserves a safe home,” said Ann Elicker, CASA coordinator. “Advocates with York County CASA give a voice to children who need one.”

The upcoming Information Session will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 in the third-floor conference room of the York County Judicial Center, 45 N. George St. in York City.

The Information Session is aimed at providing the details of how to become a volunteer advocate for York County CASA. The presentation will include information on child abuse in York County, testimonials from current CASA volunteers, staff introductions, details on the application and training process and general information on the work of York County CASA.

Approximately 13 individuals attended an earlier informational session on August 14.
Individuals can contact York County CASA at (717) 771-9754 or for more information on volunteering or the Information Session

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