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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CASA Case Highlight - "James," "Jennifer," "Tommy," and "Sue"

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 four siblings whose case we recently received, "James," "Jennifer," "Tommy," and "Sue."

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8 New CASA Volunteers Join the Team

Advocates for Children recently welcomed 8 new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers who will serve cases in Decatur and Jennings counties. 

The volunteers gathered with their friends and family, as well as staff from Advocates for Children, in the Jennings County Courthouse, where Jennings County Circuit Court Judge Jon Webster administered the oath of office.  First, however, he made a point of praising the advocates for their decision to step up, and encouraged them to actively engage with their work.

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