Kansas CASA State Director Mickey Edwards travels A LOT. Making friends and finding help in time of need is just a part and perk of the job. Mickey was beyond grateful to find this man, Steve, at a perfect time. Our beautiful CASA Bug had a flat! Steve just so happened to work for BMW Volkswagen in Topeka. He kindly stopped and helped change the tire on our dear Bug. If you happen to know Steve we ask that you put us in contact with him to send him our sincere gratitude.
Central Kansas CASA
Serving: Russell, Barton, Stafford, Rice & Ellsworth Counties
Central Kansas CASA
Janelle has been with the Central Kansas CASA program since June of 2003. For the first 10 years Janelle served just one case. She put her heart and soul into the case. After its closing, Janelle opted to not take a break and instead became the constant advocate for 3 more young children. She is the sound of reason and of love in this case. Janelle's heart is one of gold. She is a shining light to the children she serves, a role model for other CASA volunteers, and is always willing to help in the office with whatever we might need. Thank you Janelle for your service to Kansas children.
Back to School
Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic
Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming
Never dart out in front of a parked car
Parents: Practice walking to school with your child, crossing streets at crosswalks when available
Never walk while texting or talking on the phone
Do not walk while using headphones
Always wear a helmet that is fitted and secured properly
Children need to know the rules of the road: Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across
Watch for opening car doors and other hazards
Use hand signals when turning
Wear bright-colored clothing
Teach children the proper way to get on and off the bus
Line up 6 feet away from the curb as the bus approaches
If seat belts are available, buckle up
Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing
Do not cross in front of the bus if possible, or walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the other drivers
Get the facts on bus safety from Injury Facts
Walk Bike Bus
As summer draws to a close and children start heading back to school, family life can get pretty hectic. It's important to remember and share with your children some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school year.
Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is vitally important that they and the motorists around them take proper safety precautions.
CASA of Sedgwick County
Kansas CASA and CASA of Sedgwick County is excited to introduce Jose Hinojosa. Jose is the Donor Advisor, a certified CASA Volunteer and ridiculously happy around the office! CASA of Sedgwick Co. can always count on Jose stepping up to help with anything that they need in the office. Jose is a proud Texan living in Kansas (and yes he is that serious about being a Texan). He has been living in Wichita since 2010 and can’t imagine living anywhere else. He has been a member of the family since 2017. He loves the mission and giving back to his community. Jose is a rabid (yes we said rabid) metal fan and he loves a good whiskey and cigar. Thank you Jose for all of your hard work!
To create a Facebook birthday fundraiser click on "Home", then in the left column under "Explore" click Fundraisers. From there, you can select Kansas CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates as your recipient, set your fundraising goal, and choose your end date.
A volunteer was appointed to two children whose mother was later diagnosed with “factitious disorder imposed on another” (formerly Munchausen Syndrome by proxy.) The two children had significant medical issues, so the volunteer researched and read all about the children’s medical histories. In reviewing medical records from one hospital, the volunteer discovered that one child who was a quadriplegic, needed a standing device in order to function. The device was not to be found initially. The mother admitted to having it, but indicated that it was stored in a shed. She had many excuses as to why she was not able to produce the device. She finally scheduled a time for the DCF investigator to come to the home and get the medical device, but scheduled it for an evening when there was no light and it could not be found in the shed. Finally, after the volunteer’s continued advocating that the device be provided to the child, the mother’s attorney was able to convince her to produce the device.
This same volunteer experienced a similar situation with the other child’s medical needs. The volunteer learned that the child, who had a significant speech disability, had an iPad with very expensive software installed on it to help the child communicate. No one else knew this child had this device to help him/her communicate, and the child struggled. The volunteer alerted professionals to the existence of this device. Again the mother refused to produce it until her attorney got involved. The child was able to finally communicate again once he/she was given the iPad.
North Central Kansas CASA, Inc
(Serving: Jewel, Republic, Washington, Mitchell, Cloud & Lincoln Counties)
My name is Kieli Frey and I am the new Executive Director at North Central Kansas CASA, Inc. I'm married to my husband, Vonley, who is a lineman for the electric company here in Concordia. We have three children, Maddox age 12, Maxson age 8 and Kenna age 4. I grew up in Concordia, attended Concordia High School, Cloud County Community College and Bethany College. I love living in the same town that I grew up in and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love reading. I love watching my children participate in their activities. We live in the country and enjoy being outside. We have chickens, cows, pigs and a loyal dog named “Possum.”
I have a bachelor’s in Social Work and am living out my dream of ensuring the safety of children and working to promote healthier, more stable lives for them as well. I have been described as being passionate and persistent. I have worked in the human service field in some capacity for the last 12 years.
Welcome to the CASA family Kieli!
Kansas CASA spent a couple days promoting our mission. Many other resources and organizations participate in this conference every year. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness for new employees and volunteers across the state.
2018 Kansas Juvenile Officers Association Conference
Kansas CASA attended the 2018 Kansas Juvenile Officers Conference in Manhattan, KS. July 23rd and 24th.
Every year Kansas CASA hosts the annual CASA Directors' Training. This year it was held in Wichita, Kansas, at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Wichita West. KCA and the Office of Judicial Administration work hard to provide our Directors' with the most up to date and helpful trainers and topics.
23 Directors from across the state attend. Over the 3 day period there were over 15 leaders and presenters.
Kansas CASA emphasizes continuing education with the goal of continuous improvement throughout our network.
Sunflower CASA Project, Inc.
Julie Wethington has been a volunteer with Sunflower CASA Project for 3 years. Julie just recently finished up her second case with the program, lasting 25 months. Her case closed on July 18, 2018 and Julie has already accepted another CASA case. In her recent case, Julie worked with a young lady who experienced sexual abuse by a parent. Due to her trauma, this youth had significant behavior issues that caused multiple moves and disruptions. It did not matter to Julie, wherever the child moved in the state, Julie followed and remained a consistent person in her life. Throughout the 25 months Julie served as CASA for this youth, she drove a total of 28,161 miles and dedicated 1266 hours of service. Julie was a constant for her youth, she showed up, every time she said she would. She attended case plans, court hearings, and wrote strong detailed court reports so the judge would know who this child is, not just another name on a file. Julie walked beside her CASA youth while she navigated some extreme emotions and behaviors, she helped her through part of the criminal investigation
component, the essential loss of her family and siblings, and the renewal of a family relationship. Julie is a dedicated and passionate CASA, and our program is better for having her on our team.
Thank you so much Julie, Kansas CASA appreciates your hard work and dedication!
Sunflower CASA Project, Inc.
Serving: Clay, Riley, and Pottawatome Counties
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2018 Kansas CASA Board
Thomas B. Wuerfele, President
Blue Cross Blue Shield of KS
Sara Rust-Martin, President Elect
Public Policy Director
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
Sandra Bradley, Secretary
Executive Director - CASA: A Voice for Children, Inc.
Theresa Westphal, Treasurer
CPA and Partner
Varney & Associates
Honorable Rebecca Crotty
Retired District Court Judge
David Whetstone, Assistant Treasurer
Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch LLC
Ted A. Jowett
Juliene Maska, Past President
Maska & Associates Consulting
CASA: Children's Advocates
Central KS CASA
Board and Staff Members
United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
Friends and Supporters via:
Facebook Birthday Charity
Julie Coke Breshears
Network for Good