York County searches for child advocates

Greg Gross

York County is looking for residents to become advocates for foster children.

The county's Court Appointed Special Advocates program, or CASA for short,  will host two information sessions for residents interesting in joining the program on Monday. The session will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.  in the third-floor conference room of the county's judicial center, 45 N. George St., according to a news release.

CASA gives a voice to foster children and also looks out for their well-being. A court-appointed advocate gets to know a child, makes sure assistance and services are available to the child and helps secure a permanent home for the child.

More than 300 children who are in the county's foster care system don't have an advocate. Children with an advocate are more likely to find safe, permanent housing, receive more services, spend significantly less time in foster care and score better on nine protective factors, the release said.

York's CASA is also seeking donations to help offset the cost to train advocates.

To learn more about how to become an advocate or to donate, contact Dewayne Nichols at (717) 771-9754 or email at dbnichols@yorkcountypa.gov.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.