KANSAS CITY, Mo. — CASA, or Court Appointed Advocates, serve to recruit, train and support volunteers to speak for the best interests of children in court. Volunteers make a difference every day by giving their time and skills to help their CASA kids find safe, permanent homes.
FOX 4’s Matt Stewart spoke with Executive Director Martha Gurshen who explained there are more children in Kansas City who need homes than a lot of people think.
“In both our states there has been a continual reduction in services to people living in poverty, to children living in poor families,” she said. “When families are under stress, medical stress, financial stress, sometimes they take it out on the kids.”
They already have 450 volunteers, but they need 150 more this year. Each volunteer is paired with one sibling group to investigate their living situation and be an advocate for them in the court system, which is usually a 12-16 month process.
CASA wants people who will take time to bring the children’s voices to the judge. No special training is required. Go to www.casakc.org for more info.