Congratulations and welcome to our 14 new CASA volunteer advocates who graduated from our Manchester training in November. These individuals completed the required 40 hours of pre-service training over 5 days, and are now prepared to be the voice for a child involved in an abuse or neglect case in New Hampshire’s family courts. With more and more children coming in to the court system due to our state’s opioid crisis, the need for new volunteers is greater than ever.
From nurses to air traffic controllers, this class provided a great variety of citizens who are ready to speak up for children in need. Throughout training, these 14 NH residents learned about court room procedures, how to write a detailed court report, and how to interact children who are experiencing very turbulent times. CASA volunteers also interact with all important adults in the child’s life. Whether it be parents, grandparents, teachers or therapists, they practice how to connect with people who come from different backgrounds and different cultures.
With the addition of this training class, 67 new volunteer advocates have been trained through CASA’s Manchester office in 2017. While we are one step closer to fulfilling our mission to represent 100% of the victimized children in New Hampshire, we still need your help. Volunteers are needed in every county. With the cost of one volunteer for one year being $1,450, we also need the support of community donors to provide the resources needed to manage our volunteers. Our next Manchester training begins on Jan. 5, and our training schedule for the first half of 2018 is available online. Join us today in helping to improve the lives of our state’s most vulnerable children.
Pictured are graduates who finished training with a message for their future CASA child or children.
Pictured in no particular order are: Christy Bender of Nashua, Heidi Odom of Litchfield, Janice Jewell of Seabrook, Alyssa Lavoie of Hollis, Kate Pilotte of Manchester, Sabrina Kirwan of Center Barnstead, Cindy Fitzgerald of Bedford, Kate Grahl of Bedford, Joe Faheyll of Bedford, Annette Quimby of Plaistow, Nancy Elcock of Wilton, Jo Anne Horn of Londonderry, Kathleen Conley of Manchester, and Susan Merck of Londonderry.