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 regularly 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 current 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 four siblings whose case we recently received, "James," "Jennifer," "Tommy," and "Sue."
Sue, an infant, was born with four separate drugs in her system and went through significant withdrawal sypmtoms. Her case was reported to the Indiana Department of Child Services, who confirmed the presence of drugs in the home and removed the children from their mother's care. Since that time, neither parent has been able to provide a clean drug scre4en.
A CASA volunteer is needed to guarantee that these children's best interests are represented throughout their time in the child protection system. Without a CASA volunteer, the children may be separated from one another and be left to wonder what's become of their siblings. Without a qualified advocate, they may never receive adequate services to deal with the trauma they have undergone. A CASA volunteer will fight for these children's rights to be placed in a safe and loving home in which they can thrive.
The volunteer who answers the call to stand up for children, such as these four, will not be expected to go it alone. To ensure that they are adequately prepared, all potential CASA volunteers receive 24 hours of training provided by Advocates for Children and will be assisted with their case by our professional staff.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer for children like "James," "Jennifer," "Tommy," and "Sue" who are currently on Advocates for Children's waiting list, please visit apowerfulvoice.org or call the office toll-free at (877) 604-9402 to learn more.
Advocates for Children is a non-profit organization which recruits, trains and supports CASA volunteers for children in Bartholomew, Decatur and Jennings counties.