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What is CASA?

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 through no fault of their own. These are children that have typically experienced abuse or neglect.

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 through no fault of their own and awaiting their fate.

What does CASA Do?

CASA of the Laurel Highlands – Beginnings, Inc. helps children who have come before the court because of abuse or neglect by recruiting, screening, training and supervising community volunteers to advocate in the court setting.

Children with a CASA Volunteer are half as likely re-enter the foster care system. They are also more likely to succeed in school and also find a safe and permanent home.

How Can You Support CASA?


Become an everyday hero who can change the lives of foster children. You will be trained and empowered to help ensure their essential needs and best interests are being met.

CASA Volunteers meet with the child and all other relevant parties in a child’s case to gather information and facts. This information is then provided to the Court through a written Court Report. CASA Volunteers have the unique opportunity to provide not just the wishes of the child to the court, but also the Volunteer’s own opinions and concerns.

Submit your application to join CASA at this link.


Your tax-deductible donation is a wise investment in the future of our children and to the future of our community. Your donation will go towards training and supporting CASA Volunteers in our community.

Get Involved

Even if you can’t volunteer, you can still help. Follow us on social media. Connect with us online and we’ll share other ways to get involved, including fundraising and outreach opportunities.

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Meet our Program Staff:

Shemariel Gray

CASA Advocate Supervisor
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Tyler Smay

CASA Program Director
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