Guest commentary: Champaign County CASA deserves community support
By RUSH RECORD
If you witnessed a child being hurt, what would you do?
Call the police?
Recent national events have brought this question to the forefront: What should people in authority do if they know that a child may have been hurt?
After all, as adults, we are all in positions of authority. We are all in charge of all of our children. We know the difference between right and wrong, and we are all accountable to act when children are hurt.
Here in our community, Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocates does just that. We stand up for abused and neglected children. We train and place an advocate for them in the courtroom. We follow through and track the outcome of each child's case. We offer that child a voice that they otherwise might not have.
CASA serves our most vulnerable young people who, having already been traumatized, are suddenly thrust into an overburdened court system, into foster care, or into a group home and the very family who is supposed to protect them may not be able or willing to do so.
They are likely bewildered and abandoned, and they are in dire need of our help.
This is why I ask for your support of CASA — either by attending our CASAblanca Gala Benefit, by volunteering, or by whatever means you are able.
Champaign County CASA served over 400 children last year, with very little state or federal financial help. This is truly an instance where the community good is almost wholly funded by this community itself.
Together, our community can overcome many challenges. I am hoping you will join me in lending some of that collective strength to otherwise defenseless children — who need as much protection as we can offer in order to find their eventual and full potential.
Rush Record is the director of Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
For more detailed information about Champaign County CASA, visit http://www.casa4kids.org or phone CASA at 217-384-9065. The CASAblanca Benefit Gala will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the I Hotel in Champaign.