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Valuable, yet vulnerable

Children are the key to the state's future success, prosperity and quality of life. While children are our most valuable resource, they are also our most vulnerable citizens. Children have a right to be safe and to be provided an opportunity to thrive, learn and grow. Child abuse and neglect can be prevented by education and by supporting and strengthening Kansas' families, thus preventing the far-reaching effects of maltreatment, providing the opportunity for children to develop healthy, trusting family bonds, and, consequently, building the foundations of communities.

We must come together as partners so the voices of our children are heard by all. And we, as a community, should extend a helping hand to children and families in need. By providing safe, stable and nurturing relationships for our children, free of violence, abuse and neglect, we can ensure Kansas' children will grow to their full potential as the next generation of leaders, helping to secure the future of this state and nation.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and CASA of the High Plains' believes "All children should be raised in healthy and nurturing homes -- free from abuse and neglect." To raise awareness this coming month, we present Wear Blue Days. So, any day in the month of April, we want you, your family, your school, your workplace, your church, to wear blue to help raise awareness and teach children what they need to know to stay safe.

Whether you want to wear blue personally or get your office involved, whether you want to do it purely for awareness or as a fundraising event, it's up to you. All funds will go to CASA of the High Plains and St. Francis Community Services joint effort to find more CASA volunteers and foster parents to help abused and neglected kids in our area. So please, get involved today.

Contact our office via email at kscasa23@gmail.com to sign up for your free Wear Blue Day packet, which contains flyers, rack cards, lapel ribbons and a fundraising guide. Please let us know how many you anticipate participating.

Thank you for all you do for children.

Darci Mills, CASA of the High Plains executive director