Nashua Training Graduates 8 New Advocates and 2 New Employees

Back row, from left: Bert Cunningham of Hudson, Brenda Foley of Manchester, Sandy Madden of York, Maine, Felicia McKone of Nashua, and Vince Roche of Peterborough. Front from left: Jamie Bourgeois of Nashua, Christine Nazaka, new CASA Program Managers Jenn Hollinrake and Pam Carbee, and Michelle Goldman of Manchester.

Ten individuals recently graduated from CASA’s pre-service training in Nashua, including eight new advocates and two new program managers. After 40 hours of training, they’re all ready to take the next steps in advocating for our state’s most vulnerable children. In those 40 hours, they learned the importance of child protection and the role they are about to play in the court rooms, as a voice for child victims of abuse or neglect.

Training is filled with tons of resources and knowledge; all of which are key to supporting the journey our 500+ CASA volunteers have selflessly committed themselves to. They met current volunteers and a DCYF supervisor, they role played court hearings, they learned about addiction and abuse. By the time they graduated, these generous volunteers realized that they won’t be alone as they navigate the work of a CASA volunteer advocate and that they are prepared for the next steps.

The need for New Hampshire advocates is still at an all-time high as the effects of the opioid crisis continue to linger. Children and families are being negatively impacted by this epidemic in our state. If you’re interested in making a difference like these newest volunteers are about to, you can learn more about our upcoming trainings by clicking here.

At the end of training, each class participant wrote a message to a CASA kid from the sample case they simulated. Read their words of encouragement below! Congratulations and welcome to our new volunteer advocates, and thank you for your dedication to New Hampshire’s children.