Standing Up for Kids on KSAL
Jeff Garretson - May 27, 2014 1:47 pm
Classes are forming for those who are ready to stand up and speak for children caught in the court system.
Carolee Jones, Executive Director with Child Advocacy and Parenting Services (CAPS) and CASA’s Carmen San Martin stopped into the KSAL Morning News with a look at training for adults that will help children.
CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a program for volunteers that will speak for children who have been abused.
San Martin says you don’t need a background in law, but a desire to help children who may have experienced abuse or neglect, “They are part of the court system because of the behavior of their parents or the adults in their lives that are taking care of them,” she said.
“We’re beginning a new class on June 9th and it takes 30 hours of training,” San Martin added.
Carolee Jones, CAPS Executive Director, described the CASA volunteer as an objective observer who serves as the eyes and ears of the court.
“Speaking up for children who have been abused is rewarding and important work,” Jones said.
CAPS is located at 155 N. Oakdale, Suite 300 and can be reached at 785 825 4493.