Health
Thursday, May 15, 2003
Family Court child advocates needed
You can make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child. The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in the Delaware Family Court needs qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers. CASA are trained community volunteers appointed by Family Court judges to represent the best interests of abused/neglected or dependent children who are the subject of Court proceedings. The volunteer conducts an independent investigation into the child’s life and presents facts and recommendations to a judge in written reports and verbal testimony. The CASA advocates for the best interests of the child by investigating and monitoring a case until the child is provided a safe and permanent home. CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence, and commitment. Training, supervision and attorney representation are provided. A required five-day initial training session for volunteers in Sussex County is scheduled for June in Georgetown. For more information and to apply to become a CASA volunteer, call the CASA office at 855-7410 or 855-7415. Recruitment and training for new volunteers is conducted on a periodic basis throughout the year. Applications for the June training are due on June 3.

New Support Group forming June 12
A new support group starting for Kids with Diabetes on Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Ledo’s Pizza, located in the Wal-Mart Shopping Center in Seaford. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sondra or Allen Messick at 629-8210.
Host a New York City child this summer
Summer vacation, that special time of year for all children, is not far away. Thanks to the many families in the Seaford area and throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada, more than 1.7 million disadvantaged New York City children have experienced free summer vacations in suburban and small town communities through The Fresh Air Fund. The Fund is seeking more families in the Seaford area to give inner-city children a two-week vacation this summer. By volunteering as a host family for The Fund’s Friendly Town Program you can help give a child a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets. “We keep in touch over the course of the year. It has been a great experience for us and for our Fresh Air guest. This is how memories are made,” says a Fresh Air host. Last summer, 30 Fresh Air children visited volunteer hosts in the Delaware area. This year, The Fund needs more host families to carry on its 126-year summertime tradition of sharing the joys of suburban and small town life like smelling fresh flowers, casting a fishing pole for the first time, or hearing grasshoppers chirp. The friendships that develop between hosts and their Fresh Air visitors often last a lifetime. There are no financial requirements for hosting a Fresh Air child. Hosts can select the gender and approximate age of their visitor. First-time visitors are six to 12-years old, and reinvited youngsters may participate in the Friendly Town program through age 18. In 2003, The Fund continues to celebrate its 126-year-old tradition of serving children with a wide variety of special events and volunteer opportunities. To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Lori Fischer at 875-5862, or call The Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003. You can also visit The Fund’s Web site at www.freshair.org.