North Central Kansas CASA, Concordia, KS
Kansas CASA sadly said see you later to one of the longest serving CASA directors in the state. Carol Miller has been with CASA since 1994 and has finally decided it is time to hang up her hat. We here at Kansas CASA can not begin to tell you the children that Carol has impacted over the years. Thank you for your service to children across Kansas. We know you will enjoy your well-deserved retirement!
(Pictured L2R: Eliza Gentile - CASA of the 8th JD, Mickey Edwards - State Director, Carol Miller - NCK CASA, Tammy Bradbury - CASA of the 30th JD, Tony Miller - CASA of the 17th JD)
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Westar Energy Helps CASA
Kansas CASA would like to thank Westar Energy and Westar Energy Foundation for their financial contribution to support advocacy for Kansas children!
"Westar Energy is committed to powering the lives of customers beyond simply providing safe, clean, reliable energy."
The grant will be used to support our awareness and recruiting campaign.
Pictured: Jeff Grabbe - Westar Energy & Mickey Edwards - State Director
CASA of the 8th Judicial District
Serving: Dickinson, Geary, Marion, & Morris Counties
CASA of the 8th
Doug Lindahl has served as an exemplary CASA Volunteer Advocate for CASA of the 8th Judicial District. He has advocated for multiple children since becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate in 2015. He has helped vulnerable children who are in foster care as well as children who are truant from school. He has spent many volunteer hours improving the lives of these children, helping them to succeed, and proposing possible solutions to difficult situations. He has made many contacts in the community on behalf of the children and has searched for ways to make life and school easier for those he serves. These children and their families sincerely appreciate the time and effort Doug has put forth on their behalf.
Doug also frequently volunteers to help CASA of the 8th Judicial District at fundraisers, parades, and other events. For example, Doug spoke to a group of potential foster parents to inform them about CASA and the role that CASA Volunteer Advocates play in the lives of children involved in the court system.
Aside from being a CASA Volunteer Advocate, Doug works as a vocational expert and a disability specialist and serves on several boards. In his spare time, Doug enjoys woodworking, gardening, sporting events, and working outdoors on the farm.
CASA of the 8th Judicial District is grateful for all that Doug does for the children and the program and for his willingness to give freely of his time and talents. Thank you, Doug Lindahl!
Sunflower CASA Project Inc.
(Serving: Clay, Riley and Pottawatomie)
Our staff had the honor of attending the Crime Victim’s Rights Conference award luncheon. One of our own, Callie Meinhardt, received the Outstanding Community Based Child Advocate Victim Service Award! Callie drove 27,000 miles serving her CASA children since becoming our Victim Advocate in January of 2016 and devoted countless hours towards helping vulnerable abused and neglected children. She ensures children who are placed great distances away from our service counties still have a voice and get their needs met. She often is the first person called during challenging circumstances. She is never one to shy away from hard work. We know she has forever improved and positively impacted the lives of all the children she has served. Please join us in thanking her for her service!
2018 National CASA Conference took place in Boston, Massachusetts.. Kansas has over 15 volunteers and staff attend the event this year. We learned a lot and have new information to take back to programs statewide. However, we have to tell you about our fun adventure twist! Boston had one of the biggest snow storms of the year while we attended, and although we loved the networking and friendships we were all ready to get back to work in Kansas!
"Be Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like A Somebody."
- Kid President
Pictured L2R: CASA of the High Plains, Central Kansas CASA, Spirit of the Plains CASA
"Be Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like A Somebody."
- Kid President
April is a very busy month for many agencies across the state. Raising awareness is a large focus for many of us. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, communities should rededicate themselves to being supportive of families, and play an active role in preventing child abuse and neglect as well as taking positive action to promote child and family well-being. One way the Federal government provides funding for child-abuse prevention is through Community-Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services noted that in FY 2014 in the United States, an approximately 646,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect, while still another 1,580 children died from abuse or neglect. The majority of child abuse cases result from conditions that can be prevented through community programs, systems, support and interventions.
CASA of Sedgwick County
(Serving: Sedgwick County)
My name is Anna-Maria Fouad. I am a Kansas native, but recently returned to Wichita after having lived away for 22 years. My entire family lives in Wichita and I returned to be able to spend time with them. Interestingly, when I lived in Wichita before, I heard an ad for CASA on the local radio station. I was moved by the number of children languishing in foster care without significant advocacy, and decided I wanted to help. So, I signed up for a training class. As the coordinator explained the level of commitment required to be a volunteer advocate, I realized that I might not have the time it takes to do a good job. I was a single mother, a full time college student, worked, owned a small business, and modeled. So, I explained to the teacher that I did not feel that I could complete the class and volunteer at that time, but that I would be back. I had no idea that twenty some years would pass and that CASA of Sedgwick County would become part of my life. While away, I worked for a number of years advocating for seniors, women’s rights, and animals. Now, I am proud to join a dedicated and impassioned group of team members who are committed to working together to grow our organization until we can serve ALL the children who need us.
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.
21st ANNUAL CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS CONFERENCE
CASA of the 31st
CASA of the 31st Judicial District
Serving: Woodson, Allen, Neosho, & Wilson Counties
Amy Roeder has only been with CASA for two years but she is already showing her great value in working with kids and parents. Amy lives in rural Allen County, KS and she and her husband Dave, also a CASA volunteer, raise beef cattle and farm. Both are retired from long careers with the Federal Agricultural Department where they worked at the national, regional and state levels. Following early retirement they retired to Dave’s family homestead.
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Amy is presently handling a CASA case with 5 children, having been assigned in December 2016. The case is actually two families linked together by a relationship between two of the parents. All the children were removed from the same home and in the same incident. The children have not been kept in foster care together due to many issues and not being ‘related’.
Amy has faithfully and cheerfully followed the children from placement to placement since being appointed, and in 2017 she logged 11,883 miles and donated 771 hours of her time to this case. Some of the towns she visited from CASA’s home base in Iola included Kansas City, Topeka, Parsons, Olathe, Thayer, Girard and Pittsburg. She never missed a visit, meeting, hearing, staffing or visit observation since appointment and the case is far from over as of June 2018. She is a master at information collection and she is constantly in touch with the children, parents, relatives, therapists, schools, foster homes and KVC workers throughout the case. She has dedicated herself as CASA to keep with these children until the case closes and the children are safe and secure. The children trust Amy and look very forward to her visits with them. She helps them
celebrate birthdays and milestones and she praises them for all the little things they accomplish. She taught one of the children to embroider and worked with another to channel his anger and work to express his feelings. She has been extra dedicated in working with mental health agencies and making sure the children get the services they need.
In addition to her volunteerism as an advocate, Amy is also active with CASA of the 31st in other ways. For one, she recruited her husband to volunteer too! In 2017 she also drove 224 miles and donated 42 hours of her time in helping with fundraisers such as a golf tournament and a musical variety show for CASA and worked in public outreach during Child Abuse Prevention Month with pinwheels gardens and public proclamations. She also took 9 hours of in-service training during 2017 and drove 270 miles to those trainings. Altogether Amy funded 12,377 miles of unreimbursed driving and donated 821 hours of her time in 2017 to CASA of the 31st Judicial District. We at CASA 31 salute Amy Roeder and applaud her extreme efforts on behalf of CASA children and at the same time we sincerely hope she remains with CASA indefinitely. Thank you Amy!
Ottawa & Saline County CASA Program
(Serving: Ottawa and Saline Counties)
What would you like to accomplish in the next five years?
"I would like to employ more victim advocates and CASA volunteers to serve more children, as well as have on-site therapy available for children and families so they can get immediate attention. Child abuse is never going to go away, but the more children we can serve and the more people speak up about it, the better things will be. The hardest thing is the secret. We have to get people to stop holding in those secrets and speak out. "
FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE: http://www.salina.com/news/20180414/hopkins-helps-create-safe-place-for-abused-children
Kelly Hopkins is an Arizona native who moved to Salina 16 years ago with her husband, Adrian. She was a stay-at-home mom to her four children until she started volunteering at CAPS and with the CASA program in 2012 and found her passion. She enrolled at Kansas Wesleyan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2015. She received a master’s degree in social work from Newman University in Wichita in 2017 and is working on a master’s of business administration degree in nonprofit management at Newman.
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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
National CASA Association
United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
Kansas Department for Children and Families
In memory of Cheryl Cricks
Robin McLellan in honor of Mike Turvey
Virginia Zimmerman in honor of Carla Horn
Susan Payne in memory of Patrick J. Cullinan
Tracy L. Edwards, CFP
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