Kenneth Corson and the rest of the volunteers took 30 hours of training, learning court reporting, how to talk with abused children, and to speak for them.
Cases like the Jerry Sandusky trial have shown the need for more child advocates. Corson says the high profile nature of the case got people to pay attention to the problem. Now they have a lot of good volunteers who want to help.
Judge Norman Krumenacker officially swore in the volunteers. And they all got one of these kits with ID cards, first aid kits, and a special book written by someone who adopted a foster child. That child was previously helped by a CASA volunteer.
Robin Porter, another newly sworn-in volunteer, knows not everyone can be a child advocate in the courts. But she also knows everyone can do something. And she thinks if people are observant and are willing to come forward if they see something wrong, that's an important role too.
CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, is looking for more volunteers. They're focusing on Cambria and Somerset counties.
You can learn more about the CASA program and apply to be a volunteer to be in the Johnstown based chapter.