Here you'll find information about our previous monthly meetings,
topics and speakers!
Meeting - "If you want to feel good about
yourself, go out and help someone"
GFWC Lawrence Classics members welcomed each other back after our summer break. It was fun to hear about summer
activities and to touch base about our upcoming Second District Convention on October 29th. Our guest speaker for
the evening was Diana Fredricks, local CASA Director, who spoke to us about the CASA program and all the work being
done by the advocates for the children in our community. It is our hope that we are able to help the program in
some way by providing backpacks, clothing and other items that can be used by the children as they transition
through the court system. More information about Douglas County CASA can be found
here. A big thank you to
member Barb Stockstill for introducing us to Diana and the program!
Court Appoint Special Advocates (CASAs) are volunteers trained to be advocates
for children who have been abused and neglected and are under the protection of the court. The volunteers are
appointed by the judge to meet regularly with the child, review records, and talk to family members and
professionals involved in the child's case. They report information to the judge, make recommendations to
promote the child's best interests, and monitor compliance with the court's orders until the child has been
placed in a safe, permanent home. There are CASA programs in every state (more than 980 programs nationwide) and
24 programs serving 77 counties in Kansas. Douglas County CASA has served over 750 children since 1991 and
serves approximately 75 children each year.