Group of advocates for children to mark milestone

Lycoming County’s chapter of CASA Court Appointed Special Advocate will hold a dinner on May 16 to celebrate its 10th-year anniversary of helping abused and neglected children who come before local courts.

The county chapter has 25 active volunteers (or CASAs) working the cases of about 50 children, according to Judy Jones, CASA executive director here. The volunteer advocates help guide children through the court and foster system, by creating plans for the child’s permanent placement, keeping track of records and any new instances of abuse, and making recommendations to the court.

“This dinner is a chance to show Lycoming County residents their contribution of money and efforts have been put to good use,” Jones said. “We’ll have the Strolling Strings there, the CEO of national CASA will be streamed in, and Judge Dudley Anderson will speak. He was instrumental in bringing CASA here.”

A 10-minute documentary about the local CASA chapter, by Sam Wagner, will be screened at the dinner.

The event will provide an opportunity to explain the changes coming for the organization.

“We’re combining with Susquehanna Valley Voices for Children, which includes Northumberland, Union and Snyder counties,” Jones said. “We’ll be moving our main offices to the Lewisburg area, but we’ll still have an office somewhere in town. This will allow us to use the funds we get in a better manner, strengthen our pool of volunteers and get more kids off our waiting list.”

Dinner will be three courses of salad, braised chicken with potatoes and carrots, and cherry cobbler.

The Friends of CASA dinner will be held at 6 p.m. May 16 at 33 East, 33 E. Third St. For more information, call Judy Jones at 322-4637.