New Volunteers Serving Vulnerable Children

With cases of child abuse and neglect in Bartholomew, Decatur, and Jennings counties at a record high, 12 individuals have stepped forward to guarantee that many of these children won't have to be alone during their time in the child protection system.

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Reams Raises $12K for Advocates

The Columbus community's commitment to its most vulnerable citizens during Child Abuse Prevention Month continued last week with the Reams Hoosier Classic. 

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Crooners for CASA Rocks the House

Crooners for CASA rocked a crowd of approximately 250 guests at The Commons in downtown Columbus, helping to raise nearly $50,000 in support of Advocates for Children in the event's fourth year.  The successful showing propelled the event to meet its goal of a lifetime total of $200,000 raised.

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Raising Their Voices

There's a reason Demetrice Hicks became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).  It's because, when he was only 13 years old and had just been pulled from an abusive home and thrust into the child protection system, it was a CASA volunteer that gave him his life back.

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Welcome New CASA Volunteers

7 volunteers took the final step in becoming advocates for local victims of child abuse and neglect on Monday evening.

At the Bartholomew County Courthouse, Juvenile Magistrate Heather Mollo led these volunteers in the oath that officially made them Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). 

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New Partner - Family Chiropractic and Wellness

Advocates for Children received an extra gift this holiday season, with the announcement of a new partnership for 2017 with Family Chiropractic and Wellness of Columbus, Indiana.  Family Chiropractic has selected the agency as its sponsored charity for the year, and will assist throughout the year to spread the word about the agency's work on behalf of area victims of child abuse and neglect.

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CSA Delivers Christmas

Trisha Burns' 8th grade class at Columbus Signature Academy Middle School worked together to provide Christmas presents for 40 foster children who could use a little extra cheer this holiday season.

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Serving Record Number of Children

Record numbers of children have entered the child protection system over the last three years, according to the Indiana Department of Child Services.  This has created a strong demand for qualified advocates to stand by these children's side during one of the most challenging times of their lives.  Advocates for Children has responded to this need and reached a record number of children in 2016.

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City Utilities Wins Event Prize

The Columbus City Utilities Team was named "Year's Best Patch" in this year's Night of a Thousand Jacks event.

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$18,000 Raised in Support of Local Children

Over 3,000 parents, children and friends crowded the FairOaks Mall on Saturday for Night of a Thousand Jacks. The annual festival serves as a fundraising event for Advocates for Children, a local organization which provides Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to local children who have been removed from their homes due to issues of abuse or neglect.

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