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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • CASA rep speaks at area church

  • On Sunday evening, Eric Litwiller, executive director of the Harvey and McPherson county CASA office, spoke to the Newton Presbyterian Church Cruisers.
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  • On Sunday evening, Eric Litwiller, executive director of the Harvey and McPherson county CASA office, spoke to the Newton Presbyterian Church Cruisers.
    Roughly 25 older members of the church listened to his message about the importance of child advocacy as a way of breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect that can carry through generation after generation.
    CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — works closely with social workers to ensure when a child has to be removed from his or her parents, he or she does not get returned until the parents and the home is safe for that child in the long-term. Litwiller reminded the Cruisers unstable and unhealthy families also are disproportionately high users of social services and the tax dollars paid to support those services. Domestic violence groups, food pantries, emergency health services all become significantly less used when a community increases the number of safe and stable families living within it.
    In order to make that happen, CASA relies not only on financial support, but also on the support of those willing to serve as volunteers working directly with the children whom CASA exists to protect.
    Volunteer advocates average four hours per month on a case, and are rarely, if ever, asked to take on more than two children at a time. Advocates are fully trained by the CASA staff in accordance with federal standards, and have full control over the number and types of cases they accept.
    If you’d like to learn more about what it means to volunteer with CASA, call (620) 755.2583 or e-mail EricL@9thcasa.org.
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