(TWIN FALLS, ID) – The southern Idaho CASA program is being overwhelmed by cases involving abused children. Twin Falls authorities say the Court Appointed Special Advocates program handled more than 500 abuse cases last year with only 67 trained volunteers. With so many cases in the courts, more than 100 kids have been left without a volunteer. They say there’s often a misconception in the Gem State that child abuse is rare, noting that CASA volunteers are needed all the time. CASA helped more than 2,700 Idaho kids last year alone.
Aaron Smith, CNN
Kendra Evensen, Idaho State Journal
Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Communications