Release - February 6, 2003
Office of the Commissioner of Probation
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|February 6, 2003
Holland, Director of Communications
SUFFOLK JUVENILE PROBATION'S CASA PROGRAM
WILL HOST NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR ADVOCATES
OF ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN
Boston CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) Program, a division
of the Suffolk Juvenile Court Probation Department, will host a
national conference that is expected to draw 1,400 advocates for
abused and neglected children from around the country to the Bay
State this spring.
the Child,” the 22nd Annual National CASA Association Conference,
will convene at the Sheraton Boston Hotel from March 29th to April
1. CASA volunteers help children navigate the court system and work
with social service agencies to ensure that they are living in a
safe and healthy environment and are receiving proper medical attention
if needed. CASA volunteers are each given no more than one case
TV Personality and Atlanta Judge Honorable Glenda Hackett, who serves
as the national spokesperson for CASA, and former U.S. Surgeon General
Jocelyn Elder will speak at the conference. Also addressing the
conference will be Second Deputy Commissioner Liz Tavares of the
Massachusetts Office of the Commissioner of Probation.
are really excited about Boston being the site of the national conference.
I am hoping that the conference will draw attention to the plight
of the hundreds of abused and neglected children who find themselves
involved with the courts through no fault of their own,” said Susan
Conrad, a Suffolk County Juvenile Probation Officer and CASA director.
added, “CASA volunteers are a very special group of individuals
who spend their time advocating for abused and neglected children.
The conference will highlight the importance of offering hope to
children and also enable current advocates to hone their skills
and develop new ones.”
Boston CASA program of the Suffolk Juvenile Probation Department
was launched in 1982 by the Honorable Francis G. Poitrast, Chief
Justice of the Juvenile Court Department and Presiding judge of
the Boston division.
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court and
12 Probate & Family Court probation offices throughout the Commonwealth.
Probation’s Juvenile Court system includes 11 divisions which represent
every county in the state. The Office of the Commissioner of Probation
(OCP) serves as the central administrative office for the state
Probation Service and the Office of Community Corrections which
operates 22 Community Corrections Centers throughout the state.