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CASA Needs More Volunteers to Help Kansas Foster Children

A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, is a trained volunteer who advocates for foster children.

Last year, Kansas had a record number of children living in foster care.  Right now, more than 7,000 abused and neglected children are living in the system.  In some cases, a judge appoints a special advocate, called a CASA, to represent the child in court.  But there aren't nearly enough of these advocates -- just 900 CASA volunteers to serve more than 7,200 children.  That means most will go without.  KPR's J. Schafer recently spoke to Mickey Edwards, the state director of CASA, to learn more about these volunteer advocates and what they do.

That's Mickey Edwards, the state director of CASA.  She was speaking with KPR's J. Schafer.  To learn more about the organization, including volunteer opportunities, visit

(Longer version of the interview with Mickey Edwards)


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