CASA logoMADISONVILLE, Ky. (11/28/17) — Kentucky Court Appointed Special Advocates announced the launch of a statewide campaign aimed at attracting volunteers to close the gap between abused and neglected children in need of an advocate to represent their best interests with the goal of securing a safe, permanent home.

CASA indicated It is estimated that more than 21,000 vulnerable children in Kentucky could benefit from a CASA volunteer each year as they seek a permanent solution, while navigating the juvenile court system.

“We need more individuals to be for the child and help serve the hundreds of children in our three county are who need an advocate.” said Daphyne Maddox, executive director of the CASA Program of Hopkins, Webster, and Crittenden Counties Inc. “CASA Volunteers make a lasting difference in the lives of the children they serve, making CASA volunteering one of the most rewarding and meaningful journeys one can take as a volunteer.”

Across Kentucky, 831 CASA Volunteers currently serve 2,831 children. After extensive training and with support from the local CASA program, the CASA Volunteer is appointed by the juvenile court and has the authority to talk to all people on behalf of the child to submit a comprehensive, objective report to the court making best interest recommendations. This includes area volunteers for Hopkins, Webster and Crittenden Counties based out of the CASA office at 10 South Main Street, Suite 26 (Hopkins County Historic Courthouse), which is led by Daphyne Maddox. To reach 21,000 additional children, the number of volunteers in the state will need to grow exponentially – a goal KY CASA understands will take time.

“Just as CASA’s national mantra is: I am for the child, our campaign asks the people of Kentucky to be for the child,” said Andrea Bruns, Executive Director, Kentucky CASA Network. “The need to help abused and neglected children across the state is not only great, but urgent. We hope that as more people learn about this opportunity, they will be inspired to stand up and be for Kentucky’s most vulnerable.”

Messaging for the Be For The Child Volunteer Recruitment Campaign will be integrated and highlighted in various CASA statewide communications throughout the year. The campaign includes a website: BeForTheChildKY.org and will highlight seven distinct volunteers throughout the state through social media advertising. These special highlighted volunteers include:

• Terri Coke, CASA Volunteer, Daviess County
• Suzanne Churchwell, CASA Volunteer, McCracken County
• Richard Vietez, CASA Volunteer, McCracken County
• Pam Kaur, CASA Volunteer, Fayette County
• Ben Haydon, CASA Volunteer, Fayette County
• Eileen Donahue, CASA Volunteer, Boone County
• Tom Pike, CASA Volunteer, Oldham County
• Kerri Scisney, CASA Volunteer, Hopkins County

“I was an abused child growing up, and I remember wishing that somebody would either rescue me or just tell me that things would eventually be okay,” said CASA Volunteer Pam Kaur. “The thought of being a pillar of support to these innocent children truly appealed to me, for through my experiences I have learned that having someone in your corner can truly be life-changing.”

CASA Volunteers come from all walks of life and exhibit intelligence, heart and character. No prior experience is expected or necessary to become a volunteer. All the tools needed to be a successful advocate will be provided in the CASA Volunteer training program.

“If you are interested in becoming a CASA Volunteer, the CASA Program of Hopkins, Webster and Crittenden Counties, Inc. will provide you the training and the tools necessary,” said Maddox. “By being for the child during a traumatic time in his or her life, a CASA can make a positive impact on the child both now and in the future – which in turn helps our community prosper. We encourage those looking to make a real difference in the life of a child to contact our office at [270-245-5112] or visit BeForTheChildKY.org to sign up or request more information.”

At BeForTheChildKY.org visitors can find out more about the experience of volunteering as a CASA and sign up to be a volunteer. For more information on KY CASA, visit: https://www.kentuckycasanetwork.org/.

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