LACONIA — CASA of NH is pleased to announce that twelve new volunteers have recently completed the pre-service training necessary to be an advocate for children who have been abused in our communities. They have received comprehensive training and are assigned a volunteer supervisor so they always have someone to turn to as they get to know the child they are assigned to and represent the child's best interests, complete court reports and show up to hearing approximately every three months until the child is able to have a safe and permanent home.
Laconia resident, Frieda Yueh added, "The training was in incredible and our class was phenomenal. So fun and informative and funny! We loved it and look forward to the next experiences.''
"The training program was an amazing experience. I am so impressed with this organization and am energized to become a contributing member," said Peter Bixby of Laconia.
Their efforts in conjunction with the existing volunteers at CASA of NH save the State of NH approximately 3.5 million dollars a year. Volunteer advocates meet with the child they are assigned to work with monthly, attend periodic court hearings and speak with the various adults involved with the child.
Statistically, young people who have a CASA have far better outcomes than those who do not and get into a safe and permanent home faster than those without a CASA volunteer advocate. CASA of NH is working diligently to recruit, screen, train and support enough advocates to serve every child, but because of the demand they are only able to take on 82% of the abuse / neglect cases throughout the state.
Due to the critical need for more advocates in the Lakes Region, trainings are scheduled in the next few months in Plymouth, Manchester and throughout the state. If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer or exploring various ways you can support CASA of NH, contact Jen Buteau at 536-1663 or visit www.casanh.org .