Court Appointed Special Advocates

CASA, a nationally recognized program, provides trained volunteer advocates to become the eyes and ears of the judge and the voice for a child who is currently involved in the court system in Cambria and Somerset counties.

CASA Beginnings (Court Appointed Special Advocate) helps children who have come before the court because of abuse or neglect by recruiting, screening, training and supervising community volunteers.

The statistics are deeply troubling. Each year in Cambria and Somerset Counties, more than 800 children who suffer abuse or neglect find themselves in the court system awaiting their fate.

Will they be allowed to remain with their parents? Will they end up in foster care for a time? Or is it in their best interest to be freed up for adoption?

Whatever the case, the goal is for all these children to live in safe, permanent, nurturing homes.

This program is funded through Cambria and Somerset Counties Children and Youth Services, the National CASA Association, Beginnings’ fundraisers and public donations.

Contact our CASA Staff:

Liz McGregor

Program Director

Tyler Smay

Advocate Supervisor



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