Eight local residents sworn-in as volunteers with CASA Youth Advocates, Inc. to advocate for children in Delaware and Chester counties’ dependency court systems.
CASA Youth Advocates, Inc., an organization that works to ensure that each child in Delaware and Chester counties’ child welfare systems lives well, achieves academic excellence, and experiences the joys of childhood by providing them with trained volunteer advocates who speak for their best interests, held a swearing-in ceremony yesterday to welcome eight new volunteers. The ceremony was administered by Judge Barry C. Dozor.
New volunteers include:
- Michelle Barrack of Conshohocken
- Francine Cohen of Havertown
- Nancy Corner of Media
- Precious LaCarter of West Chester
- Troi Lentini of Spring City
- Elizabeth Moorhead of Lansdowne
- Victor Alos Rullan of Garnet Valley
- Pamela Townsend of Aston
CASA volunteers complete 35 hours of training over the course of two to three weeks. After taking an oath, they become eligible to review and monitor the case of a child or youth experiencing abuse or neglect. Volunteers are assigned to a child to walk alongside, with the responsibility of helping build trust, investigate his or her case, observe, analyze, and advocate for what is best through written reports and verbal recommendations to the judge – a rewarding experience for both the child and volunteer.
Pictured L to R: Elizabeth Moorhead, Pamela Townsend, Precious LaCarter, Judge Barry C. Dozor, Troi Lentini, Michelle Barrack, Francine Cohen, Nancy Corner, Victor Alos Rullan.