Wins for Kansas: CASA of Sedgwick County

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It's impossible to imagine how a child must feel sitting in a big courtroom, filled with strangers, all alone. But the volunteers at CASA of Sedgwick County are making a big difference in those little one's lives.

Children caught in the legal system are often abused and taken from their homes. Court can be a scary place for them. But help from a CASA volunteer can make a world of difference for these little ones.

"I like to say we are the ones with the children with no one," said Executive Director Ashley Thorne. She explained CASA volunteers are like advocates for young people. In fact, CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. "It goes way beyond the courtroom, because we advocate for them in community and in life."

The number of children in foster care is growing - and with it, the need for volunteers. "A good volunteer is someone who is passionate about children and has a strong backbone, and willing to step in without compromise no matter what and meet the children where they are at," Thorne said.

Donations also help CASA to make a difference. For that reason, our Wins for Kansas partners DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers presented the agency with a $500 grant.

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