Each year, more than 4,000 children living in the Kansas City Metropolitan area are victims of abuse and neglect. With an overwhelmed child welfare system, the needs and interests of these children can be overlooked. They need someone to speak up for them to ensure their timely placement in safe and permanent homes. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to empower abused children and give them a chance for a brighter future. CASA advocates speak within the court system on behalf of children who have been abused and neglected. CASA volunteers are powerful, effective and caring individuals. They play a crucial role in a child’s life by monitoring their case and reporting findings to the court. This helps to ensure better, more informed decisions are made regarding the life of a child. With 571 trained advocates and nearly 46,000 volunteer hours dedicated to children, CASA of Kansas City serves over 1,690 local children each year. All have a friend and advocate working to ensure their placement in homes with hope for a positive future. In some cases, this means returning to their parents once their safety is assured. In others, it means releasing the child for adoption. In either situation, CASA and our volunteer advocates are focused on the same goal – to give each child a chance at happiness and the stability they need to thrive.