Lackawanna County Awarded Grant to Help Those Affected by Opioid Epidemic

lacka coLackawanna County CASA has been awarded a $10,000 Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. Lackawanna County CASA recruits, trains and supports volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. 

This grant will enable Lackawanna County CASA to better address the unique needs of children in Lackawanna County who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic. 

“Children and families in our area have been greatly impacted by the opioid epidemic,” said Joan Peterson, CASA Director. “It is vitally important that our advocates are trained to understand addiction and the unique challenges these families face.” 

Lackawanna County CASA, a program of the Advocacy Alliance, is one of 950 CASA/GAL programs nationwide, including 45 state offices. The federal grant funds distributed through National CASA/GAL are provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice, as authorized under the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990. In 2018, National CASA/GAL was awarded nearly $10 million in federal grants. 

Lackawanna County CASA is holding its next volunteer training this spring. To learn how to help to change a child’s story, contact Joan Peterson at (570)558-3971 or email