CASA: Child abuse cases steady in crossroads

VICTORIA- Nearly 300 crossroads children are victims of abuse so far this year, that according to CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Since 1995, Golden Crescent CASA in Victoria has been providing abused or neglected children with an advocate to speak for their best interests in the court system.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month and Executive Director Tim Hornback says their goal is to spread awareness for this ongoing issue in the eight counties CASA serves.

“This year we have served 288 children in our service region.” said Hornback. “It’s not a spike but it’s pretty typical in our numbers.”

In the past two years, CASA has served at least 800 children. Hornback says they’re always looking to prepare themselves with the right number of volunteers but sometimes fall short. They’re currently short 35 advocates and are looking for volunteers.

“That’s a number we are trying to fix,” said Hornback. “We’re trying to make sure all of the children in our service region has a volunteer to represent the children’s best interests.”

CASA is holding training sessions this month. If you are interested in becoming an advocate for a child in need, you can visit their website here.