WICHITA – (April 11, 2019) – Karen Warner, Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, was recognized for her service to crime victims during this week’s Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita.
Warner was presented the Outstanding Community-Based Victim Advocate Award by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt during an awards ceremony today.
Warner has been a Douglas County CASA volunteer since 2011, serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a total of eight children. As a CASA, she has donated more than 1,300 volunteer hours and driven more than 6,200 miles to advocate for abused and neglected children during their journey to a safe, permanent home. Warner has been a tireless champion for the medical and educational needs of her CASA kids, and has earned the respect of professionals in the child welfare realm.
In addition to her advocacy, Warner has served on the CASA Volunteer Recruitment Committee, helped recruit and train new volunteers, and assisted with numerous outreach presentations, events, and fundraisers, including the CASA Superhero Run, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Farmer’s Market outreach and more. She never misses an opportunity to make any outing or experience an educational one for her CASA kids. Activities have included baking bread at the CASA office, craft projects, visits to the local pet stores and petting zoo, miniature golf, playing in the park, and more.
The Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Conference was hosted by Attorney General Schmidt and Governor Laura Kelly. The conference featured a number of speakers and trainers focused on raising awareness of emerging crimes and offering new approaches to respond to enduring crimes, such as child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.
Photo caption: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt presents the Outstanding Community-Based Victim Advocate Award to Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer Karen Warner at the Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita.