CASA of the Highland Lakes


County recognizes Child Abuse Awareness Month

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin


Burnet County Commissioners welcomed representatives from CASA, Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center and the Burnet County Child Welfare Board to the Courthouse for a proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.


Protecting Burnet County kids is everyone's job

By Caroline Ragsdill


Burnet County Child Welfare Board

Members of the Burnet County Child Welfare Board, Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center, and CASA of the Highland Lakes will join together in kicking off Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month this week.

The BCWB, HCCAC, and CASA invite the community to witness a reading of a Proclamation declaring April Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month at Commissioners court Tuesday, April 9 at 9 a.m. at the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 South Pierce Street, Burnet, followed by a balloon release on the courthouse lawn to honor child abuse victims.

While it is good to bring awareness during April, child abuse is with us every day of every year, and we as a community need to be aware of the problem and take action when needed. We probably all have childhood memories of holding a pinwheel out the car window to let it spin in the wind.


Challenges create need for CASA

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
CASA Volunteer Coordinator Diana Tryon prepared for a volunteer training session March 11 at the non-profit organization's facility in Kingsland, which featured strategies and curriculum necessary to interact with children who go through the court system due to abuse or neglect in the home.

Editor's Note: The following is part of a continuing series of articles which focuses on Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Highland Lakes and the latest statistics and challenges faced by the entity, children, in the system and communities.

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Volunteering for the community takes a committed person, but dedicating time for abused and neglected children takes a superhero.

Court-appointed Special Advocates for the Highland Lakes – which services Burnet, Blanco, Llano, Lampasas and San Saba counties – not only trumpets the value of their child advocate volunteers but has sent out a clarion call for more.

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