CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. After training, judges will team up advocates with children to help them be the voice for those who were abused or neglected. They go with the child through the court process and helps find the best home for the child.
In 2012, the advocates were only able to work with half of the 900 cases in Northwest Arkansas.
Julie Lolley, the Director for Development and Marketing for CASA of Northwest Arkansas hopes the Light of Hope event will help change the statistic.
"This year we're trying to gather more volunteers, gather more awareness, and actually put more people on cases our goal is ultimately to serve all of the children in Northwest Arkansas by 2020," Lolley said.
Along with becoming an advocate, if you'd like to get involved with CASA this holiday season, here are a few things you can do:
CASA is a beneficiary of the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad "Children's Christmas Train" happening Dec. 7th from 8am to 6pm.
Also on Dec. 7th at 1 pm at the train depot, rummage up your ugliest Christmas sweaters and be a part of their 5k and fun run.
Each year, CASA partners with DHS to provide every foster child every gift on their Christmas wish lists. Local organizations, churches and individuals are encouraged to adopt a foster child's Christmas list this season.
To learn more on how you can help, head to their website here.