Heart of Missouri CASA honored by Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section

Each year, more than 260 abused and neglected children in Boone and Callaway counties are placed in foster care because they are unable to live safely at home. Since its 2005 founding, Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has trained 196 volunteers who have served 447 children in these situations.

The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section recently recognized Heart of Missouri CASA with a Liberty Bell Award for the group’s efforts to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. By working with youth when they are both inside and outside of the courtroom, CASA volunteers help ensure that children don’t get lost in the overburdened legal system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. For many children, a CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their life.

Representatives of Heart of Missouri CASA accepted the Liberty Bell Award on behalf of the organization during The Missouri Bar’s 2016 Annual Meeting, Sept. 21, at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.

“We are by no means alone in our ability to close these cases, but we certainly bring something to the table in helping them achieve permanency faster, helping them achieve permanency more often and seeing to it that other needs of the children are met,” Anna Drake, the organization’s previous director, said in a video interview about receiving the award.

Click here to see footage of Drake discussing CASA and the recognition.

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