Thursday, April 17, 2003
Advocates needed for abused children
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA Program in the Delaware Family Court needs concerned and qualified adults to serve as trained CASA volunteers. As a CASA volunteer you will make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. You will be appointed by a Family Court Judge to represent the best interests of a child by conducting an independent investigation into the child’s life, by presenting facts and recommendations to a judge, and by monitoring cases for the Court. You will work with attorneys, social workers, and family members. Your goal will be to make sure that each child ultimately has a safe and permanent home. CASA volunteers come from a variety of professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence, and commitment. Ongoing support for the volunteers in the program includes: training, supervision, and attorney representation. completion of a five-day initial training program is required. At any point in time, about 800 children in Delaware are placed in foster care because of abuse or neglect. About 50 new children enter the foster care system each month. You can help assure that every child has the opportunity to be raised in a concerned and committed family. Call the CASA office in Family Court at 855-7410 or 7411. Application deadline is June 3. The next training program will be held in Georgetown in June.

Safety in baby sitting
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two-part course will be held from 8:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. on April 24 and 26. The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $30. Participants are to bring a bag lunch. To register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter, call 629-6611 ext. 2540.

National Volunteer Week
Nanticoke Health Services joins communities across the nation in celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 27 – May 3. According to Jean Baldwin, manager of Auxiliary/Volunteer Services, “Nanticoke Health Services will show their appreciation and give recognition to the hundreds of citizens who actively volunteer their time and talents to the betterment of their community.” The highlight of volunteer week will be the banquet on May 1 at 5 p.m. at the Laurel Fire Hall where many volunteers will be recognized for their dedication and commitment and the Volunteer of the Year will be announced. The dedicated volunteers of Nanticoke Health Services gave over 42,000 hours of service to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, LifeCare at Lofland Park, Small Wonders and Seaford High School Wellness Center during 2002. To learn more about becoming a Nanticoke Volunteer, contact the Volunteer office at 629-6611, ext. 2301.
Free balance screenings
Sussex Rehabilitation Services announces new Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation services are being offered in their Georgetown office. Jill Elliott a physical therapist at Sussex Rehabilitation Services, recently attended a course entitled “Vestibular Rehabilitation” in which techniques for evaluation and treatment of various vestibular and balance disorders were reviewed. If you experience dizziness or spinning, become nauseated with head movements, or have a general sense of imbalance when standing or walking you may have a vestibular problem. Sussex Rehabilitation Services is offering free Vestibular/Balance screenings to help determine if physical therapy could be beneficial for you. Call for an appointment for your free screening at 854-9447. Sussex Rehabilitation Services is a comprehensive physical therapy practice conveniently located in the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown.

Pediatric first aid
Parents, teachers, and day care providers can increase their caregiving and safety skills with a course in pediatric first aid at Delaware Tech, Owens Campus, Georgetown. Pediatric First Aid covers managing pediatric emergencies including but not limited to: convulsions, burns, insect bites, poisoning, drowning, fractures and sprains. The course is approved by the Office of Child Care Licensing. The next session meets Tuesday and Thursday, April 29-May 1. The cost is $30; all classes meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Call Corporate and Community Programs at 855-5988.

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