CASA to Hold Forum on Child Advocacy Thursday — Release

November 3, 2021

WARREN, Pa. – The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will present an educational forum entitled “Navigating the Child Advocacy System” on Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Conewango Club in downtown Warren.

The program includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar from 6-6:30 PM and formal programming from 6:30-8:00 PM.

This forum is designed to unravel and demystify the child advocacy puzzle. CASA executive director Melissa Sproveri will headline a list of speakers for the event. At CASA, she trains and provides quality volunteer advocates for children. Those volunteers who are assigned by the court, advocate for a child in the “system” as a result of abuse and/or neglect. The ultimate goal at CASA is to advocate for services that “change a child’s story” in order to achieve permanency in a safe and nurturing home.

This educational forum chronicles the pathway of a child from the time of their referral, through the various layers of the child advocacy system. The speakers will include Amy Stewart (Warren County School District Superintendent), Melissa McLean (Children’s Advocacy Center), Meredith Ketcham (Children and Youth Services), Kim Holt (Executive Director of Family Services) along with Celeste Tidrick (Mental Health Therapist, and Joe Sproveri (Chief of Warren City Police).

There are limited spaces (100) available for this business casual event, so any persons interested in attending should register at If unable to attend, the program will be live-streamed beginning at 6:30 and available on the Warren and Forest County CASA Facebook page. Please join us to better understand how child advocacy works in our quest at CASA to “change a child’s story.”

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