CASA Welcomes New Advocates for Children

By Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 03/30 2014 04:48PM

Updated 04/04 2014 02:00AM

Recently CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recently welcomed its newest volunteers.  The group completed the course to become a CASA Volunteer.  New advocates include Jacqueline Ayer-Pride, Doña Benedetto, Joseph Boyle, Joan Clowes, Marilyn Glogowski, Peggy Hamilton, Cecilia Hebda, Dianne Hopersberger, Michael Ide, Alexander Milanes, Richard Pais, Kathleen Provinzano, Lizbeth Rivera, Kim Sukowaski and Gary Williams

  Judge Jennifer Rogers and Judge Tina Gartley presided over the swearing-in of the volunteers. PA CASA Director, Dennis Hockensmith, Attorney John Aciukewicz (Board President) and Stephanie Simon (Volunteer Coordinator)  welcomed the new volunteers.

Volunteers are always needed-
CASA planning for its next class to begin in late Summer, early Fall.

  On average, CASA Volunteers can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a month on a case.  The average case lasts about a year and a half
  CASA encourages people from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds to participate.
  Requirements include:
•  21 years old or older
•   Background check,
•  Complete  pre-service training
•  Be present and available for court appearances  with advance notice
•  Be willing to commit to the CASA program until your first case is closed
  More information about CASA

(Information and photos from

Stephanie M. Simon

Volunteer Coordinator

CASA of Luzerne County

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