Family Chiropractic Health and Wellness presented a check to Advocates for Children this week in the amount of $20,241 to support the agency's work on behalf of local victims of child abuse and neglect.
The gift represents a year-long partnership between the two organizations.
"Family Chiropractic and Wellness is thankful to be able to support a wonderful organization like Advocates for Children," said Dr. Mandy Wyant. "Without the CASA program, many children would never get the chance to thrive in a safe and stable household."
Rick Scalf, Community Outreach Coordinator for Advocates for Children described the partnership as an incredible success.
"We're immensely grateful for the work we've done together this year," Scalf said. "In addition to the financial contribution, Family Chiropractic and Wellness has been a major participant in our annual events Crooners for CASA and Night of a Thousand Jacks. They've also provided us opportunities to introduce their clients to the vital work our agency does on behalf of this community's most vulnerable children."
That's a message that's been especially important over the last year, as the number of children entering the child protection system continues to climb, particularly in the face of the growing number of parents coping with addictions.
"Our children are the silent victims of the opioid epidemic," said Therese Miller, Executive Director of Advocates for Children. "Last year, our agency provided advocates for 841 children who entered the courts through no fault of their own. This year, we've already served 850. As the need continues to grow, we're committed to meeting it. We couldn't do that without partners like Family Chiropractic and Wellness."
Advocates for Children specializes in training and supporting Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers so that children who find themselves in the child protection system have a qualified adult by their side. These volunteers help to guarantee that such children receive all the services they may need and that they move as quickly as possible into the safe embrace of a loving and permanent family.
The final 2017 training class for CASA volunteers in Bartholomew, Decatur, and Jennings counties is currently underway, but Advocates for Children is accepting applications for the next class, which will begin in January of 2018. Anyone interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, or donating to the program, is encouraged to contact Advocates for Children at (812) 372-2808 or sign up online at apowerfulvoice.org.