More Volunteers Needed for Susquehanna Valley CASA
SUNBURY – You can help have a major impact on young people in crisis across the Valley…That’s the message from Susquehanna Valley CASA. They are citizen volunteers who are court-appointed to help abused or neglected children ending up in foster care.
“I got involved because my sister is a guardian ad litem (court-appointed guardian to watch after someone during a case) in another county and I watched what she did with these kids and I thought, ‘This is amazing.’ It’s just amazing what you can do and the feeling that you can get when you see at the end of the case the children end up happy, ” Northumberland County Case Manager and previous volunteer Louise Campana said.
Susquehanna Valley CASA Development Officer Jennifer Rempe says volunteers conduct independent investigations in these cases, “Our volunteers are trained to help advocate for those kiddos, give them a voice in the courtroom and in their lives to help them achieve permanency, which means a stable, home living environment.”
Rempe says the next training program begins June 6 and meets virtually for four weeks Mondays and Thursdays, “The training program is about 30-40 hours with some court observation hours at the end, so you get to go and see a court room proceeding so you can get used to it. We teach you to write a court report, however, the first couple times and every time subsequently, your case manager is there to help you write your court report.”
Volunteers 21 and older are eligible and anyone interested can visit susquehannavalleycasa.com or call 570-988-2200. The program covers Union, Snyder, Northumberland and Lycoming counties. Hear more about the program on the WKOK.com Podcast Page or wherever you listen to podcasts.