Salina CASA Helps Kids

Classes are forming for those who are ready to stand up and speak for children who may have been abused and are now caught in the court system.

Lori Blake, Executive Director with Child Advocacy and Parenting Services (CAPS) joined in on the KSAL Morning News with a look at a training planned for adults that will help children.

CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a program for volunteers that will be trained to speak for children who have been abused or tormented.

Blake says you don’t need a background in law, but a desire to help children who may have experienced abuse or neglect, “This person specifically is looking out for the child and they kind of connect the dots across all the systems,” she said.

“We’re beginning a new class on October 27th and it takes 30 hours of training,” Blake added.

According to Blake as of this past June, 180 children had been removed from their homes in Saline County and only 35 volunteers are currently trained to advocate for those children.

Blake described the CASA volunteer as an objective observer who serves as the eyes and ears of the court and has a deep concern for children.

CAPS is located at 155 N. Oakdale, Suite 300 and can be reached at 785-825-4493.