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CASA: Evidence of Effectiveness

By Mickey Edwards, SOS CASA of the Flint Hills Director Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are 951 CASA programs around the country. The SOS CASA of the Flint Hills program serves Lyon and Chase County children caught in the court system due to
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SOS – simply a call for help!

Susan Faler, Community Relations Director “SOS” is the international call sent out by ship or plane indicating that help or rescue is needed. SOS isn’t an acronym – it stands for nothing at all – except help! Just like the local non-profit organization SOS, Inc., there is not special significance in the letters themselves, just simply – a call for help. SOS, Inc. is
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We all have a role to play in ending child abuse

By the time you finish reading this, more than 30 cases of child abuse will have been reported to authorities nationwide. By the end of today, that number will swell past 9,000 and four of those children will die at the hands of their abuser.All in a single day. When we take stock of these sobering statistics during April – National Child Abuse Prevention
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10 Standards for National Children’s Alliance Accreditation

The SOS Child Advocacy Center is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.  There are 10 standards a Child Advocacy Center must meet to become accredited. 1.  Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) 2.  Cultural Competency and Diversity 3.  Forensic Interview 4.  Victim Support and Advocacy 5.  Medical Evaluation 6.  Mental Health 7.  Case Review 8.  Case Tracking 9.  Organizational Capacity 10.  Child Focused Setting For more information about the National
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SOS CASA of the Flint Hills Accepting Applications

We will host our next pre-service flex learning training class in early November. Anyone 21 years and over interested in making a lifelong difference in the life of an abused or neglected child can apply two to three hours weekly is all it takes to ensure a healthy future for a child. No prior education is required. CASA trains volunteers using our flex curriculum, which incorporates user friendly online components as well as a weekly in-class session.
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Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers

The SOS Child Advocacy Center was fortunate to have Cerina Marlar from the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers come to visit last week!  Cerina is the Program Manager of Mental Health and Victim Advocacy and made a special trip to Kansas to tour numerous Child Advocacy Centers in Kansas as well as attend our state Child Advocacy Centers meeting.  She spent time at our
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