Denver’s Zimmerman among new advocates for abused children

By on November 2, 2016
The new CASA class includes (from left) in rear row Tyrell Getz, Michael Dougherty, Marilyn Yanchuleff,  Miriam Beiler, Donna Martin, Anna Mary Zimmerman of Denver, and Judge Jay Hoberg, who sworn in  the graduates) In the front row (from left) are Jennifer Umberhocker, Deborah Tamakloe, Victoria Ripley,  Linda Padalino, Blanche Meyers. Not pictured: Mindy Rosenberg. Photo courtesy CASA of Lancaster County

The new CASA class includes (from left) in rear row Tyrell Getz, Michael Dougherty, Marilyn Yanchuleff,
Miriam Beiler, Donna Martin, Anna Mary Zimmerman of Denver, and Judge Jay Hoberg, who sworn in
the graduates) In the front row (from left) are Jennifer Umberhocker, Deborah Tamakloe, Victoria Ripley,
Linda Padalino, Blanche Meyers. Not pictured: Mindy Rosenberg. Photo courtesy CASA of Lancaster County

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lancaster County has now graduated its 19th class of CASA advocates.

The recent training graduates, including Anna Mary Zimmerman of Denver, were sworn in on Oct. 6 by Judge Jay Hoberg. The ceremony was held at Lancaster County Community Foundation, 24 W King St, Suite 201, Lancaster, PA 17603.

“We are pleased to welcome these new volunteers who will give a voice to some of the most vulnerable in our community, children who have suffered abuse,” said Program Director D’Arcy Crocker.

These new CASA volunteer advocates are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of children in foster care. CASA advocates are consistent, compassionate adults that walk beside a child throughout the entire journey in foster care.

Advocates provide court reports to the judge to help aide in the decision about the child’s needs and ultimately where the child will live. CASAs provide essential information to the court about what is in the best interest of the child. Every CASA believes all children deserve safe, nurturing, and permanent homes.

This class of advocates brings the total number of trained CASA advocates in Lancaster County to 244. These 12 new volunteer advocates will serve approximately 25 children in foster care.

CASA volunteers have served 424 children to date since the organization’s first appointment in January 2010.

Before being sworn in, volunteers complete a required 30-hour training program. Volunteers must also complete a series of background clearances prior to being appointed to a child.

CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

To learn how you can be a part of the CASA movement to make Lancaster County a place where every child grows up in a home free of abuse and neglect, contact the organization at (717) 208-3280 or casa@casalancaster.org

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  1. Walter Singleton

    November 3, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    A shout out to one of the heroes of the CASA program. How one person’s seemingly small act can make a huge difference: https://waltersingletons.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/appreciating-the-heroes-dawn-scott/

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