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Dauphin County CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

CASA is a network of nearly 1,000 programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.


Dauphin County CASA supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy with the goal that every abused or neglected child in the county can be safe, and have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.

CASA recruits, screens, trains and supervises volunteer advocates from the community to ensure cultural competence. Their mission is to be the eyes and ears of the Court by observing and collecting as much information as possible to provide the Court, the caseworkers and GALs.


A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a specially trained community volunteer, appointed by a judge, to represent the best interests of abused, neglected, and/or abandoned children in court. 

If you are interested in finding out more, please join us for one of our Information Sessions. They will be held October 21, October 28, and December 16.

Click here for more information!

Give 20% and Have a Great Meal!

Enjoy an evening out at the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant and present the coupon below and Iron Hill will donate 20% of your food bill (excluding alcoholic beverages, gratuity and taxes) to Dauphin County CASA. 

So gather some friends and enjoy lunch or dinner (or both) while supporting us on Thursday, December 12, 2019!

Make sure you take your coupon! Click here to print one!

Children in Dauphin County will have Strong Advocates

October 23, 2019

This is a great article about our program, Lori Serratelli and our first class of CASA's. 

Click here to read the article

Congratulations to our First Class of Court Appointed Special Advocates 

We are proud to present our first class of Court Appointed Special Advocates. Judge John Cherry administered the oath of appointment this afternoon in Dauphin County Court. Congratulations! May you serve the children in our foster care system with compassion, fidelity and wisdom! #changetheirnarrative

Click here to view photos of the event!

Your Amazon Shopping Can Help Dauphin County CASA 

Please consider adding Dauphin County CASA as the beneficiary when using Amazon throught the AmazonSmile program. Please review the instructions below to add Dauphin County CASA as your charitable organization and start shopping. It's a great way to support us!

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Thank You! Our First Annual PA Mini Golf Outing Was a Success!

We had a great day of playing golf on on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Thank you to all who attended! It was great fun!





Thursday, December 12, 2019

Enjoy an evening out at the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant and present the coupon below and Iron Hill will donate 20% of your food bill (excluding alcoholic beverages, gratuity and taxes) to Dauphin County CASA. 

Make sure you take your coupon! Click here to print one!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Information Session
Giant Supermarket Community Center
2300 Linglestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 
1:00pm - 3:00pm 
6:00pm - 8:00pm

These events are for people interested in finding out what it takes to be a CASA! If you are interested, or just want to find out more, please join us. Call 717-888-9973 to RSVP. 


We're on the Radio!
Lori Serratelli and Joy Gross were interevied on People & Perspectives on 93.5 NASH FM. Listen here!


Evidence of Effectiveness

Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are 949 CASA programs around the country. It is a unique blend of private support, public need and the kind of people power that comes from more than 76,000 volunteers all committed to the rights of every child in the foster care and child welfare system.

A child with a CASA/GAL volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home:

  • More likely to be adopted 
  • Half as likely to reenter foster care 
  • Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
  • More likely to have a plan for permanency, especially children of color

Children with CASA volunteers get more help while in the system and are more likely to have a consistent, responsible adult presence through their childhood. 

Children with CASA volunteers spend less time in foster care and are less likely to be bounced from home to home. 

CASA volunteers improve representation of children: 

  • Reduce the time needed by lawyers
  • Highly effective in having their recommendations adopted by the court

Children with CASA volunteers do better in school:

  • More likely to pass all courses
  • Less likely to have poor conduct in school
  • Less likely to be expelled

Children score better on nine protective factors:

  • Neighborhood Resources
  • Interested Adults
  • Sense of Acceptance
  • Controls Against Deviant Behavior
  • Models of Conventional Behavior
  • Positive Attitude Towards the Future
  • Valuing Achievement
  • Ability to Work with Others
  • Ability to Resolve Conflicts

   * Information taken from www.casaforchildren.org