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Join us for the 1st Annual Community Awareness Breakfast!
CASA of Berks County invites you to a FREE breakfast where you will learn more on how compassionate, responsible court-appointed volunteers advocate for children facing abuse and neglect and make an impact in your community.
There will be an opportunity, not a requirement, at the end of the program to contribute financially or indicate an interest to become involved with our work.
Your RSVP is required due to limited seating. Doors open at 7:30AM, program begins promptly at 8:00AM. The program will not exceed an hour in length. We hope to see you there!
The breakfast will be hosted at The Inn at Reading. Please enter at the Banquet Entrance and follow the signs to the Grant Room.
A BIG Thank you to the Law Foundation of Berks County for sponsoring CASA of Berks County's 1st Community Awareness Breakfast!
Ways YOU can join the CASA movement
- Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate
- Friend & Supporter
- Invite us to share at your community group
- Help us raise awareness through your networks
- Like us on Facebook
To provide a competent, responsible, and compassionate court-appointed community volunteer to advocate for each child who faces abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment; our goal, to restore their well-being and ensure the eminent right to a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.
How did the CASA movement begin?
The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program was created in 1977 by a family court judge in Seattle, WA – David Soukup. Because caseloads were becoming unmanageable for the social workers and attorneys involved in the system, he noticed a critical lack of information on the cases in his courtroom. The professionals were often unable to investigate each case thoroughly or, even worse, were unable to visit the children on their caseloads to ensure each child’s safety.
What is a CASA Volunteer Advocate?
The primary responsibility as the CASA Volunteer Advocate is to serve as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the court, gathering information from the child, his/her biological parents, foster parents, teachers, counselors, and others. The CASA Volunteer Advocate ultimately makes recommendations to the judge as to what services or actions are in the child’s best interest.
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