Manchester Adds Summer Training for 17 New Advocates

Due to the high demand for volunteer advocates in the family court system, CASA of NH added a training in the Queen City that yielded 17 new CASA volunteers the last week of July. These individuals dedicated an entire week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn how to properly become the voice for a victimized child in New Hampshire. This past year, 513 advocates served 1,358 children throughout the state. Each volunteer must complete a required 40 hour training that provides them with the skills needed to become a CASA.

From school teachers to lawyers, correction officers to retired social workers, this graduating class offered another great blend of residents who joined together to learn how they could help a child in need. They were properly trained on the proceedings of the court room, including how to write a detailed court report and present it to the sitting Judge. They learned about poverty, addiction, and how to deal with parents and children who are experiencing very difficult situations. As they move forward in accepting their first case, they will have the solid foundation of communication and empathy needed to make a difference in the life of a child. Thank you, and congratulations to this wonderful group of people! Fall trainings begin in September throughout the state. Click here to learn more about becoming a volunteer advocate.

Pictured from left to right: 
Row 1: Diahnn Smith of Chester, Jeanne Hess of Nashua, and Rosalie Karjala of Derry.
Row 2: Nicole Dion of Hampton,  Marsha Journay of Manchester, Judy Pellettieri of Warner, and Doug Beaton of Chichester.
Row 3: Mary Brown of Hanover, John Martel of Nashua, Toni Pelletier of Manchester, Judy Noonan of Londonderry and April Webber of Litchfield.
Row 4: Wendy Lambert of New Boston, David Brooks of Mont Vernon, Michael Shaw of Epsom, Tom Van Loon of Londonderry, and Elizabeth Hubbard of Dunbarton.