Beginnings, Inc.


Over the past 20 years we have trained 226 volunteers who have served 598 children and 305 families in Cambria County. Since 2011, our volunteers have also served 31 children and 22 families in Somerset County.

CASA volunteers work for the judge to review and monitor cases of children who become part of the juvenile justice system.

CASA volunteers work closely with the children and their families to bring an independent assessment of the case to court, recommending to the judge what is best for the child's future.

Quite often, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in a child's life. These volunteers are the eyes and ears of the court in the home, and the voice of the child in court.

After 30 hours of initial training, 12 hours of ongoing annual training are required, but volunteers can easily fill this requirement by attending monthly "CASA Cafes" that give them the opportunity to learn and share experiences with other volunteers. Independent study is also available.

It doesn't take a special background or knowledge to be a CASA volunteer. We are everyday people from a variety of backgrounds, who share a commitment to care for the most vulnerable children in our community. We are thoroughly trained in courtroom procedure, social services, the juvenile justice system and the special needs of abused and neglected children so we can work effectively for our children.

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