Crooners for CASA Nears $60,000

A sold-out crowd of nearly 350 people packed The Commons in downtown Columbus, IN on Saturday evening, using their voices and their pocketbooks to support a local agency which serves area children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect.  Crooners for CASA, a fundraising event to support Advocates for Children, continued to grow in it's third year, raising nearly $60,000.

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CASA Case Highlight - "Timothy" and "Susan"

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.

With all of our current 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 three year old "Timothy," and his baby sister, 8 month old "Susan."

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New CASAs Welcomed

Seven volunteers stood in the Bartholomew County Circuit Courtroom on Tuesday evening and were sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates, pledging to serve in the best interests of local children who have entered into the child protection system.

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Chief Justice Addresses CASAs

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush addressed the more than 300 child advocates filling the statehouse on Monday, March 9th to raise awareness for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.  The Chief Justice, who served as a juvenile court judge in Tippecanoe County, where she helped start the local CASA program, praised the work being done by advocates across the state and recollected her own work with local volunteers.

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Gov. Pence Addresses Child Advocates

Governor Mike Pence addressed a crowd of over 300 child advocates at the state capital, including 12 advocates from Bartholomew, Decatur and Jennings counties, and praised them for their work on behalf of Indiana's victims of child abuse and neglect.  The governor touted the $2 million increase received this year by the state's Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) / Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) program, but reminded the assembled volunteers that there was more than money to be offered to the state's most vulnerable children.

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CASA Case Highlight - "Tom"

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.

With all of our current Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers currently serving cases, and our 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 "Tom."

Tom is a newborn infant who was recently removed from his mother's custody after testing positive at birth for Methamphetamine.  Tom's mother was incarcerated for the majority of her pregnancy, and has failed two drug screens since her release to probation.  She is likely to return to custody soon, and Tom's father is currently in jail on theft charges.

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CASA Case Highlight - "Stephanie"


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 current 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 individuals will serve as CASA volunteers for children such as "Stephanie," a four year old girl who was recently removed from her parents' care and now resides with her Aunt.

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New Volunteers Prepare for Training

As the New Year begins, several local volunteers have resolved to commit their time to area children who have been the victims of abuse and neglect by joining a training program provided by Advocates for Children and becoming Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

CASA volunteers serve as a voice for these vulnerable children during their time in the child protection system and act as the eyes and ears of the courts, always making sure that the children’s best interests stay front and center.

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Give the Gift of Hope

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During the holiday season, we worry ourselves with finding the perfect gift for everyone on our list. This usually means running from store to store or scouring the Internet in search of the right items. As we search high and low for presents for our loved ones, it’s easy to lose the giving spirit once we have crossed every item off our list.

This year, I hope you’ll add the gift of hope to your list, a gift that you can give just by spending 10 to 15 hours a month helping a child less fortunate than those you’ve been so busy shopping for.

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Child Advocates Take Oaths, Prepare to Serve Abused / Neglected Children

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Several newly trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers were sworn in by Bartholomew County Juvenile Magistrate Heather Mollo as officers of the court on Wednesday evening.  

As CASA volunteers, these committed individuals will serve as the eyes and ears of the court, working directly with area victims of child abuse and neglect, guaranteeing that their needs are met, that their best interests are front and center, and that they return as quickly as possible to a safe, loving and permanent environment.

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