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The abused and neglected children in Kittitas County need your help. Children like Lauren. When Lauren was just seven years old, she escaped from her mother’s abusive second husband.
By the time Lauren was ten, her mother had convinced doctors to medicate her with psychotropic drugs. Lauren ran away, and eventually was placed in foster care.
At her first hearing in foster care, Lauren met the woman who would help turn her life around: Stephanie, her CASA volunteer. Stephanie stood up for Lauren in the courtroom. She gave voice to Lauren’s concerns and needs and fought for a better future. Today, Lauren is a university student. She wants to dedicate her life to helping others. With your financial support, we can recruit, train, and support enough volunteers to care for every child in need in our county. A gift of
The Judge Michael Cooper Scholarship is offered by Court Advocates for Children for Kittitas County, a/k/a the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. Students who were placed in the custody of someone other than a parent through the Kittitas County Superior Court at any time in his or her life (such as a dependency or CHINS petition) may apply if they are high school seniors, graduates, or have otherwise completed their high school diploma equivalencies. The recipient may use the scholarship to fund his or her first term at a university, community college, or other post-secondary educational program, including, but not limited to, trade or art school.
Judge Michael Cooper was the presiding judge in Kittitas Superior County from 1989 – 2011. He was instrumental in helping to expand and support the CASA program in Kittitas County.