Advocates 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.
According to Tara Perry, Deputy CEO/Chief Operating Officer of the National CASA Association, “The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child served has a powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf and a strong program supporting their work. This certification says Advocates for Children has demonstrated to us the capacity to provide excellent advocacy to the abused and neglected children within their community.”
Already in 2015, Advocates for Children has served local 519 local children. For more information on how you can get involved with, call (812) 372-2808 or visit the agency’s website at apowerfulvoice.org.
About the National CASA Association
In 1976, concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children's lives without sufficient information, a Seattle judge 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 this Seattle program, that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA/GAL with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today, there are more than 950 National CASA member programs across the country, with more than 70,000 men and women serving as CASA or Guardian ad Litem volunteers.