CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, are trained volunteers who represent abused and neglected children in juvenile court. They stand up for the rights of the kids and make sure their cases don't fall between the cracks of the system.
"The social workers who are helping these kids are overworked. They're underpaid," Dr. Phil says. "By becoming a special advocate, you get some brief training, and you become the eyes and ears of the court, of the judge."
"You gave me a statistic that I thought was staggering," Dr. Phil says, asking Michael to repeat the information.
"If this were a disease, in the last 24 hours it would have killed four children," he says. "In this country, we can stop that. We can prevent it."
"All of us can become advocates for this," Dr. Phil emphasizes. "We can step up, get the training and become volunteers."
The Dr. Phil Foundation is jump-starting the fund-raising and will match dollar for dollar the first $50,000 donated by the public. "Robin and I have agreed to become the
There are close to 550 chapters of CASA around the country. If you want to get involved, find the one closest to you.
To donate to the CASA Forgotten Children Campaign, visit The Dr. Phil Foundation.