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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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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