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Child Abuse Awareness / Visiting Artist Nico Phooko

Kansas and Missouri courts are facing a spike in the number of child abuse and neglect cases... but why? On this Monday's Central Standard, we ask if the growing number of child abuses cases in our area is linked to the economic downturn, and hear from an area organization working to meet that growing need.

We're joined by the Executive Directors of CASA (a.k.a. Court Appointed Special Advocates) Martha Gershun of Jackson County and Lois Rice of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties.

And stick around until the second half of our show, when we say hello to Nico Phooko, a visiting artist from South Africa. He's currently the Artist in Residence at the Kansas City Artists Coalition thanks to the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program, and will be working with Shane Evans and his Dream Studio to create programs for young people in our area.

Courts struggle with spike in cases of child abuse, neglect - As numbers rise in Johnson and Jackson Counties, researchers look for reasons why. (KC Star)

To help children in need of care through the court system, call Jackson County CASA 816-984-8204 or Johnson & Wyandotte County CASA 913-715-4040, or visit their website.

CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties Promise of Hope lunch is April 5 at 12pm at Ritz Charles in Overland Park. More info here.

The Jackson County CASA’s Light of Hope breakfast is April 19 at The Sheraton Hotel (formerly the Hyatt Crown Center). This event starts promptly at 7:30 am with a coffee networking at 7:00 am. More info here.