Dealing with the legal system can be difficult but for an abused or neglected child it can be life altering. That’s where CASA enters the picture. Casa is the Court Appointed Special Advocate program serving Chelan and Douglas Counties. It’s a mostly volunteer group that works with the courts to provide adult guardians to represent victimized children through the legal process.
Executive Director Sue Baker says the group, with its roster of 94 court-appointed advocates, currently serves 184 children in the two-county area. That’s a big jump reflecting a disturbing social trend.
“Our Valley is not a lot different than other home towns across the United States, we’ve seen a huge increase in heroin and drug use,” Sue Baker said. “When that happens, children’s needs are not met.”
Baker added that there are a lot of needs and a lot of ways the community can help support those families.
CASA operates mostly with donations and the group is holding its main fundraiser this weekend.
The Rock and Bowl-a-Thon Saturday at Eastmont Lanes in East Wenatchee. Team registrations end at 5 p.m. today for the event that starts at 2 p.m. tomorrow.