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Jackson County CASA: Light of Hope

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national nonprofit network of 946 programs that recruit, train and support volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.

Since 1983, Jackson County CASA has existed as one of seven local CASA affiliates providing services to children and families in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Each year, there are nearly 3,000 children in the Jackson County court jurisdiction who suffer from abuse and neglect. And even with the involvement of every dedicated volunteer at Jackson County CASA, they can serve only 1,000 of those 3,000 children.

To better serve these children, CASA hosts an annual fundraising breakfast to raise awareness and donations for this great organization. I was proud to serve as honorary chair of the 13th Annual CASA Light of Hope Breakfast on April 18, 2013. Take a look at this video to see what this truly wonderful organization is doing to help abused and neglected children in Jackson County.

Visit jacksoncountycasa-mo.org to support CASA and/or to learn more about the organization’s programs and services.

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