Wess Robotham, President of our Kiwanis Cub of Seward gave the program today on the CASA
(Court Appointed Special Advocates) program which he heads up here in the area. Southeast Nebraska CASA recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the court system. The Nebraska Association is a network of 22 local programs serving over 1,400 children in 38 counties. There are 951 community based programs nationally. The program dates back to 1972 when a Children's Court Judge in California saw the need for children in the court system to have an individual they could trust and rely on to look out for their best interest. Seward has had the program since 1996 and currently has 12 volunteer (advocates) listed on their web site. I have been familiar with the program here for some time and can vouch for it’s making a difference in the lives of distressed children.