Littleton Graduates 10 New Advocates

Back Row: Shaun O’Keefe, Bridget Rines, Keith Charpentier, Mary Lavelle, Trish Irwin Front Row: Kevin Johnson, Nate Hine, Elaine French, Linda Dupont, Sam Harding

With an increased need in the North Country Region, recruitment efforts came out in full force for CASA of New Hampshire’s December volunteer training in Littleton. These 10 advocates successfully completed their 40 hours of training, and will soon be making an incredible impact for the victimized children in their community.

Throughout 5 classes these individuals learned how to be a successful advocate for an abused or neglected NH child. They practiced court report writing, speaking clearly and concisely in front of an audience, and showing compassion to a child who has experienced very turbulent times. They learned that their role as a CASA will not always be easy, but they will be making an incredible impact on their community by helping vulnerable children reach stability. CASA volunteers are often seen as the only constant in a victimized child’s life. With monthly visits and contact with all important adults in the child’s life, the CASA volunteer is truly able to speak on behalf of the child’s best interest. Judges often coin CASA’s role as “crucial” to their rulings in abuse and neglect cases.

With educators, retirees, an engineer, a business owner, and a Chief of Police all in attendance, this class shows that anyone can volunteer. The only thing required to become a CASA is the desire to strengthen your community by providing a voice for children who are in need of a caring and compassionate adult. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, click here.

The final activity to conclude training is to write a positive note you want your future CASA kid to know. Here are the responses from these advocates: