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Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: November 14, 2006
Contact: Kyle Barber
Phone: (360) 337-5484
No. 06-94

County CASA Program Receives Grant to Benefit Local Children

PORT ORCHARD, WA—The Kitsap County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Jewelers for Children, the leading charity of the US jewelry industry. The funds were used to expand volunteer-based advocacy services for abused and neglected children in Kitsap County.

"Thanks to the support of Jewelers for Children, we have been able to serve six new children and train 16 new volunteers," said Kyle Barber, Guardian Ad Letim, CASA Coordinator/Recruiter for the Kitsap County Superior Court Juvenile Department. "The program now supports at total of 47 volunteers serving 112 children in Kitsap County."

“We are excited to award local program grants that support advocacy to change the lives of abused and neglected children around the country,” said David Rocha, Executive Director of Jewelers for Children. “The CASA grants this year have a slightly greater focus on rural communities, providing much-needed help in areas where funds are sometimes scarce.” 

Since 2003, Jewelers for Children has funded advocacy services for abused and neglected children in over 130 communities nationwide. More than 60 CASA/GAL programs, including programs in the gulf region impacted by Hurricane Katrina, will receive support this year from a $975,000 national grant funded by Jewelers for Children and administered by the National CASA Association.

The National CASA Association provides leadership to more than 900 state and local organizations that champion the best interests of abused and neglected children. Across the country, more than 50,000 highly-trained CASA volunteers serve as powerful advocates for these children, one child at a time, within the child welfare system.

“As a result of these grants, over 1,000 abused and neglected children across the country will receive critical advocacy services,” said Michael Piraino, National CASA Association CEO. “We are grateful to Jewelers For Children for their continued commitment to creating positive outcomes and better futures for our nation’s foster children.”

The Kitsap County CASA Program has been providing advocacy for abused and neglected children since 1987 and has served over 2,500 children. There are currently nearly 500 open cases in Kitsap County and the need for advocates is great. Kitsap County CASA is currently accepting volunteer applications and is scheduling trainings.

For more information, contact Kyle Barber at 360-337-5484 or

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014