The Friends of Wood County CASA (5013c) are seeking sponsors for our annual Karen Swartz Memorial 5K. We use this walk to raise awareness and recruit new volunteers for the Wood County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. The Karen Swartz Walk was started in 2011 and has drawn between 125 and 175 attendees each year since 2013. After successfully expanding the event to include a 5K run in addition to our family walk in 2016, we’ve decided to continue with this format this year as well. In order to make this event the best possible experience for our attendees, we’re hoping your organization will provide us with support as official sponsors. It is scheduled to take place in Rossford, Ohio on Saturday October 14th.


As our sponsor, your logo will be featured on the back of our official event T-Shirts. If you choose to become a sponsor at the signature tier, your logo will be printed at the top of the list with a larger logo image along with the logos of our other signature sponsors. These logos will be followed by the logos of the sponsors in our other two tiers:


Signature Tier:



Middle Tier: 





We are also seeking donations of water and snacks such as bagels or fruit for our participants. Organizations contributing water or snacks will also be featured on our T-Shirts.


This year, with the assistance of 35 volunteers, the Wood County CASA program has served as the voices of 113 neglected and abused children in the Wood County Juvenile Court. The Friends of CASA program hopes to use this event to recruit additional volunteers in order to ensure that these victims of abuse and neglect are given a safe, permanent home. For additional information on the Wood County CASA program or the Friends of CASA organization, please check out our website at www.woodcountycasa.org.  

For more information on this year’s Karen Swartz Memorial walk, click the link to the October races on http://davesrunning.com/runsignup/.  If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for our event, please contact Carol at 419-352-3554.




 The Friends of Wood County CASA


 Karen Swartz Memorial 5K
5K Run/Walk
8:00AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT
Price increases September 24, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT
1 Mile Family Walk
8:00AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT
Price increases September 24, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT
Rossford Rec Center 400 Dixie Highway
Rossford, OH US 43460
 Please see our Events Calendar for further details, registration and contact information. 

                                                         We are Proud to Announce;

that Tom Klein received the

Friends of Wood County CASA
"Champion of Child" Award 
at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet in April 2017



Local advocates make the voices of abused and neglected children heard across the community recognizing April 30 as CASA Day in Ohio, as proclaimed by the Ohio General Assembly.

The resolution was sponsored by Representative Taveres, Senator Wagoner and Senator Niehaus.

"CASA Day is an opportunity to recognize the difference that volunteer advocates make in the lives of abused and neglected children and bring attention to the critical needs of these children.”

Children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care, defined as more than three years in care. In a recent national study about 13 percent of children who had CASA volunteers were in foster care for more than three years, compared to 27 percent of children who had no CASA volunteer. Additionally, children with CASA volunteers are more likely to receive the services they need and less likely to re-enter the foster care system.

"CASA programs in Woodand across the state call upon all Ohioans to find learn how they can make a difference in the life of an abused and neglected child in their community.”



Wood County CASA®/GAL Program Receives National Certification Recognizing the Quality of Its Work for Abused and Neglected Children

Judge David Woessner of the Wood County Juvenile Court is proud to announce that the Wood County CASA/GAL Program has been awarded certification on May 2014, by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that the Wood County CASA/GAL Program is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy. The Wood County CASA/GAL Program was started in 1988. In 2013, the program had 42 volunteers who were appointed to assist 144 children alleged to be abused, neglected or dependent. ”

About the National CASA Association

In 1976, concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children’s lives without sufficient information, aSeattlejudge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court, helping to ensure that they will live in a safe and loving environment.So successful was thisSeattleprogram, that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion ofCASA/GAL with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today, there are more then 950 NationalCASAmember programs across the country, with more then 70,000 men and women serving asCASAor Guardian ad Litem volunteers.