CASA Blog

27 Jan

“Hands of Hope” program lending a helping hand to non-profits in Yellowstone County

January 5, 2016 It’s a voice for abused and neglected children, and for the second time, CASA of Yellowstone County is recognized for its efforts in the courtroom to help local children. CASA’s advocacy is done solely through the efforts of volunteers. Since 2008, Western Security Bank Hands of Hope program has been lending a helping hand to non-profits in Yellowstone County. CASA is just one of four 2015 finalists chosen by Western Security Bank for a $10,000 grant. Other finalists include Big Brothers Big...

15 Jul

CASA of Yellowstone County Names New Leader

If Angela Campbell could have selected her successor to lead CASA of Yellowstone County, that person would have been a lot like Cass Staton. Beginning Monday and after her hiring by the agency’s board of directors, Staton, 29, is set to become executive director of the local chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates, which works with the court system to protect abused and neglected children. Campbell joked that she and her husband, T.K. Kantner, are going to “embrace our love and addiction”...

30 Jun

Yellowstone County courts overflow with child abuse cases

It’s been a tough year for children in Yellowstone County. This year marks the greatest number of children to enter the court system ever, and the most startling increase of about 27 percent can be found in Yellowstone County. “Now in 2015, we’re seeing something that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Angela Campbell, the executive director for Yellowstone CASA. The spike in new child abuse and neglect cases in Yellowstone county is on pace to triple the number last year. There were 182...

12 Mar

3/12/2015 Gazette Opinion: Stand up for abused and neglected kids

92 abuse/neglect cases During January and February alone, the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office filed civil cases involving 92 children who had been abused or neglected. The office filed 183 civil abuse/neglect cases in all of 2014. “When we have a two-month spike like this, we go from serving half the kids to serving a third,” Campbell said. Gazette readers recently have seen news reports of horrendous crimes committed against local infants and children, including these headlines: Parents charged with abusing 10-week-old twins, mother...

19 Nov

Nine New Child Advocates Sworn in by Judge Michael Moses

The Yellowstone Court Appointed Special Advocates program, an organization dedicated to helping abused children, added nine more volunteers to its roster Tuesday. Taking the oath before Judge Michael Moses, seven women and two men were sworn in during their CASA graduation to represent the interests of children in Yellowstone County who have been neglected and abused. Among the nine graduates stood newlyweds Holly and Ryan Cremer, 27 and 28. After the ceremony, the couple said they were excited for the opportunity...

14 Aug

‘Putting our cycling to work’: Ride to raise money for program that helps kids in crisis

This Saturday, Drew MacLeod will be saddling up and cycling 80 miles for  a purpose. “We’re putting our cycling to work,” he said. He will be participating in the Break The Cycle of Abuse ride, a fundraiser  that also raises awareness about the Yellowstone Court Appointed Special  Advocates for Children. So far the lead program coordinator at CASA has raised more than $500, on his  way to a goal of $1,000. More than 20 people have signed up for the ride, which  has 20-,...