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Lincoln Ware Learns About ProKids


Longtime Cincinnati broadcaster Lincoln Ware sat down for an interview with volunteer Phyllis McCallum and ProKids Executive Director Tracy Cook for a conversation to learn what ProKids advocates do for abused and neglected children and how community members can become CASA Volunteers. Lincoln Ware Interview

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CASA Volunteers Honored at Fall Fling


At the 2018 Fall Fling, ProKids celebrated the work of its CASA Volunteers, including some whose stories of advocating for children stood out over the past year. The annual event, which included Hamilton County Juvenile Court Administrative Judge John Williams swearing in the newest CASA Volunteers, began with Board President John Hands acknowledging how all

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New Video Promotes Need for Volunteers


WCPO 9 On Your Side Careers in Media summer interns Robert Covington and Jacob Mantle produced a public service announcement for ProKids, asking the community to step up as volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates. You can see it here. These CASA Volunteers make a powerful difference for the abused and neglected children they serve, who

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The Amy Merrell Steps to Success Endowment


The first endowment made to ProKids occurred in late 2015, a landmark made possible by Elizabeth “Liz” Ricci in honor of her sister, Amy Merrell. Ricci, who is from Montgomery, Ohio, created the Amy Merrell Steps to Success Endowment to remember her sister who died earlier in 2015. Ricci had learned about CASA organizations like ProKids while a

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The Impact of Child Trauma Touches All of Us


By Tracy Cook, Executive Director On a large scale, America has gotten a crash course in child trauma. There was a lot of media attention when immigrant families were separated. But whether a child is removed from their parents on an international border or after suffering child abuse and neglect in our own community, by

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Adoption Story, Sparked by ProKids, Airs on WVXU


Nicole and Tristan Zistler have a story to tell. It begins with Tristan’s arrival at the Zistler home when he was a baby with a head full of curls. His biological parents could not care for him; could the Zistlers? Along the way, they met a CASA Volunteer from ProKids, Suzy, who advocated for Tristan

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Exec Director Honored by YWCA


ProKids Executive Director Tracy Cook was celebrated as part of the 2018 class of the Cincinnati YWCA's Career Women of Achievement and many members of the ProKids community gathered to be part of the event. A video presented by the YWCA about Tracy is here.

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