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Abused As A Child, Kansas City Woman Tells Her Story To Help Others

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A young blonde-haired girl looks directly at the camera over the railing in the courtroom.  Behind her adults are at the bench talking with a judge.
Marc Carter
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Courtesy of Jackson County CASA
Since 1983, the Jackson County, Missouri, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program has been providing guardian ad litem (legal advocacy) services for abused and neglected children and youth, birth to age 21 who enter the Jackson County Family Court system.

Debbie Bass hopes her story will inspire others to support or become advocates for children in conditions like those she experienced.

Debbie Bass survived her childhood due to her own determination and the help she got from adults outside of her family. She vowed that if she survived she would become a foster parent, volunteer and donate to causes to help other children. She's done that, partly through her longtime association with the Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program.

  • Debbie Bass, vice president of development for the National World War I Museum and Memorial

Debbie Bass will be the featured speaker at the "Light of Hope" virtual breakfast on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 7:30 a.m. to benefit Jackson County CASA. More details and reservation information are available at the CASA website.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.