This is an annual event titled “Casas for CASA” which has become our signature project for the region.
Front Range CASA/GAL is a non-profit organization based in Conrad, which serves children in northcentral Montana in the 9th Judicial District. This includes the counties of Pondera, Glacier, Toole, and Teton.
Their mission is to provide a trained advocate for every abused and neglected child in our region in order to help the court system and to represent the best interests of the child who ends up in court due to no action of their own.
We also would like to announce that the winner of our recent 50-50 drawing held in conjunction with the Conrad Harvest Festival was Judge Laurie McKinnon, who kindly donated her winnings back to CASA. This event raised $800 for Front Range CASA.
As previously reported, the National CASA organization had their funding cut by 68% due to a deadlock in Congress, so Front Range received no national funding and has to rely completely on local support to survive.
At this point, Front Range CASA has a dozen volunteers representing nearly 40 children in our four-county area. If it were not for these volunteers, the children’s best interest would not be represented, or the courts would be forced to pay for court-appointed attorneys at a cost of at least $60/hour.
If you would be interested in helping out or learning more, visit www.frontrangecasa.org or contact Executive Director Kiersta Sullivan at 576-7041.
Editor’s note: This article was submitted by Tim Tharp, School Superintendent of Sunburst Schools.