On Tuesday, June 22nd, we celebrated the incredible men and women who devote their time as Court Appointed Special Advocates, Visit Hosts and Sterling Community Center volunteers with a special appreciation luncheon. Jimmy, who developed a long-lasting relationship with his CASA advocate while he was in foster care, so eloquently summed up the importance of our volunteer's service: "You and I are walking manifestations of how a little kindness can provide light in a dark place." Thank you to all of our volunteers - your commitment and care make all the difference in each life you touch!
Congratulations to our 10 new Court Appointed Special Advocates, who were sworn in by the Honorable Kathie E. Davidson, Supervising Judge, 9th Judicial District in White Plains on Wednesday, June 1st! Nearly 600 children in Westchester County are living in foster care homes, and many more are at risk of placement into the foster care system.
The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant to The Mental Health Association of Westchester to support the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, which trains volunteers to advocate for children who are in foster care or at risk for foster care. “CASAs” monitor and report on the physical health, behavioral health and education needs of children and fulfill their role through telephone and face-to-face contacts with the child, biological and foster parents, case managers and other service providers involved in the child’s life.
The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Peter Sloane, chair of trademark and copyright practice at Leason Ellis LLP, to its Board of Directors.
“We are proud to welcome Peter to MHA, where his passion and commitment to the greater Westchester community will prove invaluable,” said MHA CEO Dr. Amy Kohn. “Our vital services are enormously supported by the expertise and talent of our Board, and I am thrilled that Peter has joined us.”
On Wednesday, May 4th, more than 200 community members gathered at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers for the Westchester premiere of the award-winning feature film, No Letting Go. Based on writer and producer Randi Silverman’s own life, No Letting Go follows a Westchester family as they navigate their son’s mental health conditions and the difficult decisions they must make as he grows up.