In 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 highlighting one case each month 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 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers currently serving cases, and an extensive waiting list of abused and neglected children in need of advocates, Advocates for Children is urgently seeking new volunteers. These volunteers will serve as CASAs for children such as "Timothy," "Jeanette," "Susan," and "Jack."
These children, who range in age from 3 to 11, entered the child protection system after reporting to the Indiana Department of Child Services that they no longer felt safe in their own home. According to their children, their father and step-mother have been abusing methamphetamine, and regularly fight over the drug. The children were removed from their home once before, when a domestic violence call led to their parent's arrest on possession charges, but were returned after their father successfully completed a substance abuse treatment program.
Timothy, Jeanette, Susan and Jack are currently residing with their aunt, and are in need of a CASA volunteer to represent their best interests during their time in the child protection system.
Without a dedicated advocate, these children might not receive adequate and appropriate therapeutic services to address their particular reactions to this traumatic experience. Without an advocate, they may find themselves without a stable adult influence as they move between placements, caseworkers and service providers.
The volunteer who answers the call to stand up for children like these four will not be expected to go it alone. To ensure that they are adequately prepared, all potential CASA volunteers receive 36 hours of training provided by Advocates for Children and will be assisted with their case by our professional and experienced staff.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer serving the 300 children like these who are currently on Advocates for Children's waiting list, sign up online or call the office toll-free at (877) 604-9402 to learn more.