SCRANTON — Lackawanna County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has been awarded a $12,000 Grant from the Hawk Family Foundation. Funds will be used to provide trained CASA volunteers from our community to serve children in foster care who have experienced abuse or neglect.

CASA is a nationwide child advocacy program, in which trained volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system.

Lackawanna County CASA, a program of the Advocacy Alliance, is one of almost 1,000 CASA programs across the country which recruits, trains, and supports 87,000 best-interest volunteers who help ensure that children who have entered the court and child welfare systems receive appropriate services, have a voice in determining their futures and, ultimately, find a safe, permanent home where they can thrive.

A child enters the foster care system every two minutes in the United States and currently there are not enough CASA volunteers to serve every child. In Lackawanna County, only about 20% of eligible children have a CASA volunteer.

Lackawanna County CASA is holding its next volunteer training in the fall of 2019. If you want to help change a child’s story, contact Joan Peterson at (570)558-3971 or email jp@theadvocacyalliance.org.