James Halpin / Published: January 8, 2018 Times Leader Newspaper
WILKES-BARRE — The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Luzerne County will swear in seven new volunteers at a ceremony Thursday — but the group is still seeking more help.
The new volunteers will bring to 24 the number of active advocates in the program who are assigned to 26 cases serving 44 children. The organization is also seeking more volunteers for a training class that begins March 21, and has a goal of having 90 new volunteers by the end of 2020, Executive Director John Aciukewicz said in a statement.
The increase in volunteers would allow for about 200 children to have a CASA representative — about half of all Luzerne County children in foster care because of abuse or neglect, he said.
In order to accomplish that, the group hopes to train 15 new volunteers in each of its biannual training sessions for the next three years, he said.
Upon being screened and trained, CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to look out for the interests of abused and neglected children. They have access to records related to the children’s situation and are tasked with providing the judge with an independent recommendation about how to best serve their needs.
For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact CASA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-855-2247.