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Five new ‘virtual’ CASA volunteers sworn in as number continues to grow in Central Kentucky

Five new volunteers from Fayette and Bourbon counties were sworn in as Court-Appointed Special Advocates the week of Thanksgiving. They are among a growing number of people who are choosing to help abused and neglected children during these very trying times. The new CASA volunteers were sworn to confidentiality by family court Judge Lisa Hart Morgan in a virtual ceremony held over Zoom. It is the...

CASA of Lexington names Brian Wright, Ellen Wood as Volunteers of the Month for November

CASA of Lexington has named a pair of newer court-appointed special advocates as Volunteers of the Month for November. Brian Wright and Ellen Wood are recent additions to CASA of Lexington’s nearly 200 volunteers: Wood began advocating for abused and neglected children in the fall of 2019 and Wright began early in 2020. Brian Wright Wright was nominated by his Volunteer Manager, Mary Beth, who said...

CASA, McBrayer Law team up for annual Angel Tree campaign to bring hope to children for the holidays

A special Christmas tree was lighted this morning inside the Chase Tower Lobby to collect gifts for abused and neglected children. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and McBrayer Law are teamed up for the annual CASA Angel Tree campaign to collect gifts for abused and neglected children. The CASA Angel Tree brings hope to hundreds of children during the holiday season. Family Court Judges and...

Jeff Rubin: Silent crimes against children, women and elderly need to become less silent

April is Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time that places the spotlight on two issues I find disturbing, both for the nature of the crimes and the helplessness of the victims. That’s why the recent report on child maltreatment released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau got my attention. The report cites Kentucky as the second highest state...

CASA of Lexington named Kentucky CASA Program of the Year at state conference

At the recent Kentucky Court Appointed Special Advocates Conference, CASA of Lexington received the honor of being named Kentucky CASA Program of the Year.  

Bourbon, bayou and benefit: No, not the beginning of a joke; event to support CASA

  Kentuckians will have the opportunity to celebrate Mardi Gras without going further than Lexington – and benefit a nonprofit at the same time.   Bourbon and the Bayou will include all of the necessary components for a true Mardi Gras celebration, but will blend the New Orleans event with Kentucky tradition. The event will be held Friday, Feb. 6 at The Red Mile Round Barn. All proceeds...

Superhero run to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates who help abused children

(Photo from CASA)   Superheroes of all kinds can register this week to invade Coldstream Park on September 21 for the first ever superhero run in the state. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lexington will put a new spin on their sixth annual run with the addition of the superhero theme.   The activities will include a 1K for children 12 and under, followed by a 5K for all ages. The...