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    Individuals appointed by the court to represent, in a particular lawsuit, the interests of minors, people judged to be incompetent or people unborn or unascertained who may have a future interest in the property involved in the litigation. These special guardians may also serve as advocates for dependent children pending settlement of their cases in dependency court; and are usually attorneys but may also be court appointed special advocates (CASA volunteers).

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    Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Orphans CourtJurisdiction over adoptions and estates of deceased persons, minor children and other legatees who are in trust; responsibility for civil commitments under the Mental Health Procedures Act.AlleghenyAllegheny County Court of Common Pleas Orphans CourtUnified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
    CASA - Erie County Court Appointed Special AdvocateProvides a volunteer advocate for physically, sexually and emotionally abused children in the child welfare system. ErieCASA - Erie County Court Appointed Special AdvocateCASA - Erie County Court Appointed Special Advocate
    Crawford County CASARecruiting and training volunteers to become court appointed special advocates.CrawfordCrawford County CASACrawford County CASA
    Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Family Law ClinicStudents in the Family Law Clinic work under the supervision of a family law attorney to represent income-qualified clients with cases involving domestic abuse, divorce settlement, child support, and child custody. Students have opportunities to fully engage in client representation under Pennsylvania's student practice rules in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. The clinic provides live-client experiences and teaches students the skills of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting pleadings, and advocating before the court. The Family Law Clinic assists income-qualified clients with cases involving domestic abuse, divorce settlement, conservtorships, child support, and child custody, among other family law issues.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
    Lehigh County Court Appointed Special AdvocatesWell-trained volunteers who, when authorized by a judge, speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. CASA volunteers serve as fact-finders for the judge and represent the child's interests in court by establishing a relationship of trust with the child and acting as a "watchdog" for the child during the life of the case. CASA associations provide up to 30 hours of training and ongoing support for volunteers.LehighLehigh County Court Appointed Special AdvocatesPennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates
    Ursuline Support Services - Guardianship ServicesProvides guardianship services to persons who are 60+ in age, low income, are not initially institutionalized and meet the Department of Aging criteria. Referrals come from the Department of Aging, the courts, physicians, and other interested parties. Public Guardianship Program: individuals over the age of 60 years who have no other responsible caregiver. These Guardians of Estate spend their days marshalling the assets of their assigned clients. On any given day, they may be cleaning out the apartment or home of a client and preparing the property for sale. They pay the bills for the clients. If needed, they will make the arrangements for burial for the clients. Each guardian has a “fiduciary duty” to protect the rights and property of their clients. The Guardians of Person are responsible to the clients for meeting their day-to-day needs for safe placement and appropriate medical care. They visit the clients on a regular basis, sometimes doing grocery shopping, arranging and accompanying them to medical appointments and often having to seek alternate living situations for their clients. There are times when the Guardian of Person is the only “family” for a client.AlleghenyUrsuline Support ServicesUrsuline Support Services

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