April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

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Child Abuse Awareness Month is just days away and one local organization is continuing efforts to help children who are abused or neglected.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hancock County, also known as CASA, is preparing for a busy April. Multiple events are taking place to raise awareness for children who are abused or neglected.

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These include the Light of Hope Ceremony, Blue Ribbon Campaign, and the Superhero 5K race. The 5K takes place next Saturday on April 6th starting at the Waveland Lighthouse. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race kicks off at 8 a.m.

One of CASA’s main priorities is to recruit and train volunteers to help advocate for children who find themselves in foster care as a result of neglect or abuse. CASA of Hancock County Supervisor Lauren Saucier said, “We recruit and train community volunteers throughout the whole year. We do two trainings a year. Basically those advocates are the ones who are really doing the leg work for us. They go and meet with the kids. They see them in the foster homes. They see them in the schools. Most importantly is they advocate for them in the court system.”

If you’re interested in becoming an advocate with CASA of Hancock County contact them at 228-344-0419.