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Children of all ages need an adult to help them when they are put into the court system because of family or personal challenges. That is one role a Court Appointed Special Advocate plays.

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CASA seeks volunteers to safeguard children – and people willing to report abuse, neglect

Memorize this: 888-SOS-Child. Got it? Good. You just made Gila County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Coordinator Katrisha Stuler very happy. Stuler wants to use April’s Child Abuse Awareness Month to get as many people as possible to memorize the number for the Child Abuse Hotline and use it if they suspect a child is being abused or neglected. Although using the letter code for 888-767-24453 has an extra number — it will still go through and alert authorities. “You don’t have to be sure, you just have to have a reasonable suspicion. If we don’t put children first, it will never change.” Still, she understands some people don’t call for fear of what might happen.

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