Locals supporting kids in the courtroom
SUNBURY – You have a chance coming up to help ‘kids in the courtroom.’ Kids do have a voice in the courtroom, thanks to a local organization that advocates on their behalf. The Court Appointed Special Advocates organization, known as “CASA” is there to help a children going through the court system. There is afundraiser in two weeks.
Judy Jones, executive director of Susquehanna Valley CASA said, “We train citizens to become a voice for children that have become part of the court system due to abuse by a caregiver. Those children, most typically, are then placed in foster care. One of the things the judicial system finds very helpful is to have that unbiased individual, the citizen, get involved with the kids and give them a voice.”
Jones said volunteers are always needed, “You have to have a clean criminal record and need to be able to commit to anywhere between 18 to 24 months to become a CASA volunteer. The case may take that long, and sometimes longer. And you really need to like children and understand the dilemmas that they are going through.”
Jones says there is an upcoming fundraiser that will help CASA continue their important work. Their “Cruise for Kids” motorcycle run, community concert, picnic and motorcycle raffle will take place on Saturday September 6 at Hufnagle Park in Lewisburg. They will be raffling off a motorcycle that day too. You can find all the details online at www.susquehannavalleycasa.com. (Ali Stevens)
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