SOS CASA: Numbers of local children in foster care rising

The number of children in foster care in Lyon County is rising.


SOS CASA of the Flint Hills Director Mickey Edwards says the numbers for 2013 are just a snapshot of how many abused and neglected children were under the jurisdiction of the Lyon County Fifth Judicial District.

125 children were reported for 2013, not including truancy cases. That's up from 113 children in 2012, and a sharp spike from 68 children in 2011.

Edwards says there are several possible reasons for this uptick.

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According to the Kansas Department of Children and Families, child abuse and neglect reports for the period from July 2013 through March 2014 have dropped 0.5 percent. Statewide, the number of reports stands for the same period at 26,353.

CASA, or "court-appointed special advocate," volunteers help kids who are in the court system locally. Edwards says a CASA volunteer has to be at least 21 years of age, and go through a six-week training session, including online and in-class participation. Topics include living with poverty and substance abuse, as well as note-taking and interviewing skills.

For more information, visit www.soskansas.com/casa, or call 343-2744.

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