During National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Southeast Nebraska CASA challenges residents of Gage County to stand against child abuse and take action to support children who have been abused or neglected.

In 2018, 58 children in Gage County were removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. These children came into the child welfare system through no fault of their own.

“Every child deserves the support of caring, consistent, trained adult to help them find a safe, loving home where they can heal and thrive” said Executive Director, Marci Fehlhafer. “CASA volunteers are a constant for the child in a time of chaos. A child may have multiple social workers, attorneys, therapists and foster placements throughout the life of the case but only one CASA volunteer, which can make all the difference for the child’s future.”

Throughout the month of April, Southeast Nebraska CASA is calling on members of the community to help our program serve more of Gage County’s most vulnerable children. We are recruiting volunteers and requesting funds to help support our program.

Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, however, spends 20 percent less time in foster care, on average, compared to a child without a CASA volunteer. Studies show children with a CASA volunteer receive more services that are critical to their well-being and are four times more likely to find a permanent home.

Southeast Nebraska CASA is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA), a nationwide network of programs in nearly 1,000 communities. At the heart of the movement are nearly 87,000 highly trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of more than 280,000 of America’s children who have been abused or neglected.

For more information about Southeast Nebraska CASA, to become a supporter or to volunteer, visit www.southeastnebraskacasa.org or call 402-643-3695.

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