Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of the High Plains is seeking Rooks County volunteers willing to fight for children’s rights. An informational meeting for volunteers interested in joining CASA will be held 6:30 p.m. at the Rooks County Health Center’s Education Center located at the intersection of US HWY 183 and K-18.
CASA of the High Plains is a nonprofit organization that provides court-appointed volunteers to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom within the 23rd Judicial District of Kansas. Their mission is to advocate for children involved in the court system, in an effort to have informed and expedient decisions made about their futures. The main purpose of CASA is to help provide well-trained Court Appointed Volunteer Advocates from the community to work on a one-on-one basis with children who enter the court system.
The organization seeks citizens of Rooks County to come and help volunteer on behalf of the county’s children who are going through a tough time in their young lives. Assistance can be as simple as sitting down with kids in need and finding out what is in their best interest.
“Something as simple as a stranger listening to their concerns and standing next to them through the terrifying process of the courts can truly change their lives forever,” stated Lyndsey Crisenbery of CASA of the High Plains.
Crisenbery continued, “CASA of the High Plains would appreciate all forms of support from the residents of Rooks County. There are children in Rooks County that have been neglected and torn down that are desperate for an answer, and that answer could be you.”
According to Crisenbery, CASA of the High Plains hopes to reach its goal of helping advocate for every child in need by the year 2020. Two out of every three abused and neglected children are in need of a CASA.