Bringing awareness to abuse and neglect through visual displays

A local group strives to reduce the number of forgotten children by planting visual pictures in our memories.

It’s hard to miss 85 life–size displays while walking or driving down West Main Street.  And that’s mission accomplished for the Seventh Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocate program.

“Last year, we had about 30 calls within five hours of having these up, with people wanting to learn how they can help,” said CASA Executive Director, Chad Catron.   “Sometimes that’s volunteering and sometimes that’s donating.”

Catron said the goal is to bring awareness to the 525 Rapid City youth, who are now in foster care due to abuse or neglect.  The program trains volunteer advocates to serve as these children’s voices in court so that the children are placed in safe and permanent homes.

There are currently 160 kids in the court system who don’t have CASA advocates.

 

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