LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington will be one of the awardees at the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards.
This award comes after Kentucky CASA Network Director, Andrea Bruns, was recently named the first-ever recipient of the National CASA Association State Director of the Year and CASA of Lexington Director, Melynda Jamison, was named the Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year for the nation.
The awards are coordinated by Serve Kentucky, which is a part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
The awards honor Kentuckians who serve the community out of the goodness of their hearts without expectation of compensation, recognition, or commendation.
CASA of Lexington’s goal is to combat the high rate of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky, which served 529 children last year in Fayette and Bourbon.
There were over 900 children CASA of Lexington could not serve due to lack of staff and volunteers.
CASA uses trained community volunteers to represent child abuse and neglect victims within the family court system.
Reports show that Kentucky children with a CASA representative spend roughly 6 months less in foster care, have fewer out of home placements, and have improved academic performance.
Having an advocate helps children recover faster and saves the state money by reducing time spent in foster care.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, please contact the office at (859) 246-4313. To make a donation or learn more about CASA of Lexington, visit the website at www.lexingtoncasa.com.
Press release provided by CASA of Lexington.