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The conference will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Marriott East in Indianapolis.
Cost to attend the conference is $50.00 for GAL/CASA staff and volunteers, and $75.00 for GAL attorneys not affiliated with a local GAL/CASA volunteer program. We will also offer a Friday Night Social Event for an additional $20.00 for those who wish to attend. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available at the Social.
Indiana State CASA is offering hotel accommodations both on site at the Marriott (for the Conference rate of $98.00 per night) and also next door at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites at the special rate of $74.00 per night. The Marriott and the LaQuinta Inn share a parking lot, so the alternate hotel is just steps away! Registration for both hotels at the discounted rate is open until September 1, 2015.
Advocates for Children Receives National Certification Recognizing the Quality of Its Work for Abused and Neglected ChildrenAdvocates for Children, a local agency serving Bartholomew, Decatur, and Jennings counties, has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that Advocates for Children is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.read moreIn order to illustrate and bring awareness to the need for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers in our local community, Advocates for Children will be regularly highlighting one case which is currently on our waiting list. Identifying information has been altered in order to protect the privacy of the families involved in these cases.With all of our current Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers currently serving cases, and our waiting list of abused and neglected children in need of advocates at a record high, Advocates for Children is urgently seeking new volunteers. These volunteers will serve as CASAs for children such as eleven year old "Timothy," eight year old "Aaron," and four year old "Jean."The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) received a report that these young children were living in an unsafe environment with their single father, who was abusing narcotics. When the caseworker arrived, she found that there was no electricity or water in the families house. A drug test of the children's father tested positive for marijuana, methamphetamine and hydrocodone. The children were removed from their father's care and placed with their aunt.read more
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