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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CASA Case Highlight - "Timothy," "Jeanette," "Susan," and "Jack"

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.

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CASA Class of 2016

The Bartholomew County Circuit Courtroom was crowded last night as friends and family filled the seats to watch 10 new Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers take their oaths as officers of the Court.  There was palpable excitement as Therese Miller, Executive Director of Advocates for Children, took the floor.

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CASA Case Highlight - "Jonathan" and "Cindy"

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.

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CASA Case Highlight - "Stephen"

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.

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CASAs Needed as Training Class Nears


"It's been a record year for Advocates for Children," says the agency's Community Outreach Coordinator, Rick Scalf.  "Our advocates are serving more children than ever before.  We've already reached 654 children in 2016; that's only 16 fewer kids than we served in all of last year."

Advocates for Children recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers in Bartholomew, Decatur and Jennings counties. These volunteers work with children who have been removed from their homes after becoming the victims of child abuse and neglect, making sure that the children's best interest remains front and center during their time in the child protection system.  That's been a big job lately.

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