Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States every year, and nearly 2,000 die. And those are just the cases that are reported.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) is an organization that advocates for abused children, providing legal and volunteer support for all children referred to the Family Court because of the filing of an abuse or neglect petition.

Rhode Island’s program was established in 1978, the second program in the country.

Cheryl Martone is the director of Rhode Island’s CASA Volunteer Program and joins Frank Prosnitz on this edition of The Open Forum on AM 1540 WADK Newport.

Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).