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 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.
A CASA volunteer is needed to guarantee that the children's best interests are represented throughout their time in the child protection system. Without a CASA volunteer, these children's father may not receive adequate services to fight his addiction. Without an advocate fighting for their best interest, these children may languish for years in the system before they receive a permanent place to call home.
The volunteer who answers the call to stand up for children such as Timothy, Aaron and Jean will not be expected to go it alone. To ensure that they are adequately prepared, all potential CASA volunteers receive over 30 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 one of the 400 children like Jenny who are currently on Advocates for Children's waiting list, please sign up here or call the office toll-free at (877) 604-9402 to learn more.