CASA’s Berlin office welcomed three new advocates last month who are ready to speak on behalf of victimized children in the North Country. Peter Hallee, Stephanie Lassonde and Mary Neuman completed the 40 hours required of pre-service training that prepares them to serve as an advocate for children who’ve been abused or neglected.
As with most CASA volunteers, none of the graduates have a special background in family law or social work. They are simply three NH residents who want to make a difference in the life of a victimized child, and with completion of this training, they have the tools to do so. Over the course of five sessions these individuals learned about the court processes, how to write a detailed court report, how to make their advocacy most effective and, most importantly, how to connect with children who have been abused or neglected by their parents or guardians. They spend time analyzing situations, role playing and practicing their public speaking in front of the class room to help prepare them for the court setting.
CASA volunteers truly have an influence on the future of victimized children in need. Judges often applaud CASA’s of being the most knowledgeable voice in the court room. With monthly visits and check-ins with the children and all important adults in the child’s life, CASA’s are able to build positive relationships with these children that allows them to represent their best interest and needs in a complex system. They help to ensure that even with changing caseworkers, placements and family dynamics, the voice of the child is still heard.
There is a growing need for CASA volunteers in the North Country! To learn more about how you can make a difference, go to casanh.org/volunteer!
Congratulations and welcome to our Berlin graduates!