Kentucky ranks first in the nation with the highest number of child abuse cases.
A group called CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, trains everyday volunteers to be mentors and advocates to the most vulnerable children in our community.
Since 1984, CASA has helped more than 10,000 abused and neglected children.
William Myers, President and CEO of CASA of the River Region, said they visit the child, they make sure that the child is going to school, to the doctor, the dentist and all the things that children deserve.
Even during the pandemic, CASA was able to help 517 children with 215 volunteers, coming up with new ways to see the children twice a month, and then report back to a judge.
Myers said the children were seen virtually, they did drive-by visits and found new ways to check in with the children to make sure that they are safe.
On Thursday, CASA hosted its biggest event, the “Embrace a Child Breakfast,” to help raise money and recruit new volunteers. For the last 15 years, Texas Roadhouse has sponsored the event, donating close to $100,000.
The significance of helping others is even stronger this year after Texas Roadhouse founder and CEO Kent Taylor died in March.