Twelve residents of Berks County were sworn into service by Judge MaryAnn Ullman on September 10, 2020. The 12 volunteers applied for the position of Court Appointed Special Advocate last spring. They attended a ten week course this past summer, sponsored by CASA Berks County, where they learned about the child welfare system, the effects of child abuse and neglect, the promise of trauma-informed care, and writing effective court reports.
There are over 600 children in foster care in Berks County and in need of someone who is solely focused on what he/she needs to thrive. There are children on the waiting list to receive a special advocate and ten of them have been matched within the past week. Children with a court advocate do better in school and are more likely to find a forever home. For more information on Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Berks County and how you can help change the story of a child in foster care please go to our website: www.casaberks.org