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 seven and eight year old "Jonathan" and "Cindy."
These children were placed under the supervision of the Indiana Department of Child Services when it was found that their parents had failed to provide them with a safe environment in which to live or adequate food. The children were found with numerous bug bites, and their home was found to have infestations of cockroaches, beg bugs and lice. In addition, there were no utilities in the home.
Jonathan and Cindy have been placed with relatives until such time as their parents can provide a minimum standard of care. Both children have experienced hardship at school are in need of therapeutic assistance.
A CASA volunteer is needed to guarantee that these children's best interests are represented throughout their time in the child protection system. This volunteer will work to guarantee that Jonathan and Cindy continue to receive any therapeutic services they require, and help to ensure that the children receive the necessary assistance to prevent them from falling further behind in school. The CASA volunteer would also help to ensure that Jonathan and Cindy's parents have made adequate improvements to their environment and put safeguards in place to prevent a return to current conditions before the children can be returned tho the home.
The volunteer who answers the call to stand up for children like Jonathan and Cindy 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 "Jonathan" and "Cindy" who are currently on Advocates for Children's waiting list, you can sign up to learn more or call the office toll-free at (877) 604-9402 to learn more.