21 local residents completed the 40 hour required CASA volunteer advocate training throughout evenings and weekends in May. These individuals will become the eyes and ears of the NH Family Court System for child abuse and neglect cases in our state. With a high demand for CASA advocates due to the opioid crisis our state is facing, these 21 volunteers are quickly embracing their new roles as many have already accepted their first case. These advocates hold different backgrounds, passions, and experiences, but have all chosen to take time out of their months to represent victimized children in NH. 15 advocates in this class are currently employed full-time, and range in careers from teaching to engineering.
Each volunteer advocate will be responsible for meeting with their CASA child/ren at least once a month, contacting all adults who are involved in the life of of that child, and representing the child’s voice in the courtroom. They are often the one constant in the turbulent lives of our states victimized children, and hold a high value to child advocacy in New Hampshire. These advocates finished up their training with positive words to spread to their future CASA children.
Thank you, and congratulations to this lovely group of advocates!
Pictured in no order: Jessica Davis of Candia, Carole Smith of Manchester, Susan St. Cyr of Manchester, Cathy Morrissey of New Boston, Marigail Glasheen of Merrimack, Karen Crowder of Manchester, Charlie Gibson of Milford, Ashlee Woods of Bedford, Janet Pethic of Concord, Joanne Forde of Pembroke, Lynn Powers of Brookline, Debbie Ashby of Manchester, Nicole Mahir of Manchester, David Levine of Hopkinton, Sarah Cronin of Nashua, Linda Girard of Tilton, Lori Rotonnelli of Meredith, Judith Silveira of Manchester, Cheryl Paulson of Merrimack, Kathy McHugh of Hooksett, Christel Caron of New Boston and Kathleen Sims of New Boston.