Laconia Graduates 9 new Volunteer Advocates

CASA of New Hampshire’s fall training in Laconia produced 9 new advocates in November. With a great need in the Lakes Region, these individuals came together over the course of 3 weeks to complete 5 classes accumulating to 40 hours of training to learn about their new role.

The training equips the advocates with knowledge on the court system, learning tips on interacting with victimized children, how to stand up and speak in court, as well as what their resources are as CASA volunteers. Training also includes role playing situations and visiting a local court to discuss with a judge on how important CASA advocates are for children.

Unfortunately, the demand for CASA advocates is at an all-time high due to the opioid crisis. So many children in the state are being brought into the family court system due to their parent’s drug use. These children need caring and compassionate advocates that are ready to stand up and be their voice in the courtroom.

Becoming advocate doesn’t require a degree, just a willingness to attend a training. There are trainings are happening all over the state and dates have already been set for 2018. To view our training calendar, click here.

Pictured in no order are: Mary Bengston of Moultonborough, Chris Athanasia of Plymouth, Jan Deleault of New Hampton, Pat Heaney of Laconia, Tony Andreano of Center Conway, Melissa Sullivan of Meredith, Serena Cormier of Belmont, and Nanette Avril of New Hampton.