Local program helps children affected by abusive homes

CASA volunteers help children as they face uncertainty

An event in La Crosse Sunday highlighted a local program that helps children move on from their past.

The Coulee Region Child Abuse Prevention Task Force is holding several events in April because it is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Sunday’s event focused on the YWCA La Crosse’s CASA program, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. It’s a program that serves hundreds of neglected and abused children every year.

While learning about the program, attendees got to try different kinds of yoga and enjoy a nice brunch.

CASA volunteers help children as they face uncertainty and are often times the only constant in the children’s lives.

“When you get involved with CASA, you are opening the door to seeing things a lot of people don’t want to see, but it’s important work to do and unless we all join together, different agencies, different people in the community, you know, it’s not going to get better,” said YWCA CASA for Kids Program Director Jessie Fortuna.

While the event was free event organizers were asking for a $10 donation towards the CASA program.

If you didn’t make it to the event and would still like to donate you can text “casa” to 41444 to donate. Make sure you add your name and the amount you would like to donate.