CASA agency looking for volunteers

From staff reports

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Crawford, McKean, Venango, Warren, and Forest Counties will be holding two virtual information sessions for community members who are interested in becoming CASA volunteers.

These one-hour sessions will describe the role of a CASA volunteer along with details on the training and support that is provided.

Sessions are scheduled this Thursday and again on Wednesday, Sept. 22, both at 6 p.m.

CASA is a non-profit organization that “through its volunteers, brings a sense of normalcy, stability, and permanency to abused or neglected children,” according to a news release from CASA.

“A CASA volunteer is a trained community member appointed by a judge to serve as the “eyes and ears” of the court. CASA volunteers represent the best interest of the child, many of whom are in foster care, by prioritizing their needs so that their ‘voice’ may be heard in court,” the release said.

In Venango County, 120 children are currently eligible and waiting for a CASA volunteer, but the pandemic has reduced the number of volunteer inquiries, CASA said.

“CASA is the only program of its kind, built around assigning one compassionate adult advocate to the case of one abused and neglected child or sibling group,” the release said.

To attend the virtual informational sessions, sign up at