In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness month, the 10th Judicial District’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host a music festival on April 21 at the Drew County Fairgrounds to raise funds for the organization which supports abused and neglected children in Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties.

The festival will feature five bands, CashBox, Daddyman Blues Band, Curry & Fallon, The Robin Hood Family, and the MSBF with performances beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing through 6 p.m. Vendors will be on site at 9 a.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. The public is urged to bring lawn chairs. Booth space is available. Call 831-9536 for ticket and booth information.

CASA strives to shorten a child’s time in foster care and help place the child in a secure, loving home. By researching each child’s situation and working with the court on their behalf, CASA volunteers serve as the court’s “eyes and ears” in child welfare cases.

Children, who sometimes get caught up in complicated court and child welfare proceedings. These children can spend much of their childhoods moving from one temporary shelter to another. CASA helps them find a safe, loving environment through the agencies advocacy services.

“CASA volunteers are a stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system,” said Jeni Smith, 10th Judicial District CASA director. “We are proud to play an important role in ensuring that these abused children are not lost in the system and can find hope, security and a better quality of life.”