Advocates for children to undergo training

January 29, 2012|Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County will hold online training this spring for persons interested in volunteering to serve as advocates for children under the court’s jurisdiction due to child abuse or neglect in Washington County. 

The program will begin in March. 

The online training program will be conducted for 10 weeks, beginning March 21 and concluding May 23.  Persons enrolled in the online training program will participate in four group training sessions throughout the process.

In addition, its traditional group training format will be conducted for eight weeks, in two separate, concurrent sessions beginning Wednesday, March 21, and Saturday, March 24; concluding on Wednesday, May 9, and Saturday, May 12, respectively. Participants will choose to participate in either the Wednesday or the Saturday session, but not both.

All training sessions will be held at the Washington County Health Department, Behavioral Health Services Division, 13114 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.

Advocate training programs are sponsored through support from the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, Community Foundation of Washington County, Washington County Gaming Commission, Richard N. Funkhouser Foundation and the Antietam Exchange Club.

Once completed training, certified advocates are matched, one-on-one, with children under the jurisdiction of the courts because of adjudicated cases of child abuse and neglect. Advocates review case files, conduct interviews and provide recommendations of care and services to the courts, which the advocate considers to be in the “best interest” of children appointed. It is estimated advocates volunteer about 10 hours per month in child contacts and case-related efforts.

Persons interested in volunteering in the program undergo a screening process, must be at least 21 years of age, free of a felony criminal record, free of any child abuse or neglect charges and other screening procedures.

For more information, call 240-313-3383 or 240-313-3386 (TTY 240-313-3391) or go to

Auction planned


Rockland Woods Elementary School’s PTO will hold its second annual auction on Saturday, March 24, at Next Dimensions in Funkstown. Doors will open at 4 p.m.,  dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction starts at 7 p.m. A silent auction will also be offered, as well.

Tickets cost $15 per person and includes dinner/dessert. Items to be auctioned include tickets for sporting events and local attractions, theme baskets, home decor, restaurant gift cards, and other items. Proceeds benefit Rockland Woods Elementary School.

For tickets, call Loretta Landis at 301-582-0658 by March 19.

Hagerstown Lions Club

Tuesday —  Stu Mullendore, from HB Printing, will be the guest speaker.

Discovery Station

Saturday —  Beth Repasi will present “ Groundhog Day and Weather” at  2 p.m. at Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown.

Hagerstown Lioness Club

The regular meeting of the Hagerstown Lioness Club will be Thursday at the Academy Theater & Conference Center in downtown Hagerstown. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and  dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Rebecca Massie Lane, from the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, will be the guest speaker.

Singing Valentines offered by chorus

The Mason-Dixon Barbershop Chorus will provide singing Valentines as its annual fundraiser on Monday, Feb, 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Men’s quartets are available to sing two love songs, present a card from the sender and a small gift. The singing Valentines cost $40. You pick the time and place.

For more information, call 301-730-7078 or send an email to

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