Jul 11
"Friends of Children Inc., a Northampton nonprofit child advocacy organization, honored state Rep. John Scibak on June 28 for his work in securing over $335,000 in state funding for one of its programs. The service, called Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, works to represent children in child welfare and family court systems. Scibak, a South Hadley Democrat, restored the program's funding after it had been cut from the state budget since 2008, leaving CASA struggling to stay afloat. According to CASA director Randee Laikand, with the allocated money the program will "train and support volunteers to speak out and act as advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children." Scibak was one of nine politicians to push for amending the budget so that state funds and assets were devoted only to the CASA program. Scibak has represented the 2nd Hampshire District for nine years..." Read the full article.