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Child Advocates

Child Advocates serves children and youth statewide who have experienced abuse and neglect. We champion and advocate for justice and racial equity in child welfare in all communities to build a better future for all children. Our commitment is to listen to children and be their voice, standing up for their liberties and working tirelessly to keep them safe and secure with an opportunity to thrive.

We are a welcoming agency to the LGBTQ+ community.

Child Advocates' New Program Connects Children With Mental Health Challenges to Statewide Services

Studies show that as many as 1 in 7 children has a treatable mental health disorder but as many as half of them do not receive treatment. In May of 2022, we launched a new program as the single point of entry to help families explore eligibility and apply for state-funded home and community-based mental health services for their children.

The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) chose Child Advocates as the first single-statewide access site for its Child Mental Health Wraparound (CMHW) program. The High Fidelity wraparound program serves Hoosier children and youth in every Indiana county who face serious mental health or behavioral challenges.

And, for the first time, families can call just one phone number—211—and ask to be connected to the state’s wraparound program for their children. That one number streamlines and starts the process to determine whether their child is eligible for the Child Mental Health Wraparound (CMHW) program. It is changing many children’s lives.

On the link, below, we share a blog we wrote when our new program launched to help connect families to CMHW.

 

Initial Announcement of Program: Click Here.

Our Programs

Child Advocates offers vital programs and services for vulnerable children and youth statewide through a race equity lens. We serve children and youth, in the child welfare system, who have experienced abuse and neglect, and we advocate for racial equity in child welfare and our communities to help build a better future for all children.

We fulfill our mission through four key programs: Interrupting Racism for Children, Mediation and Facilitation, Direct Representation, and Legal Services.

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We help children of all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds. Children with irresistible grins, vivid imaginations, and incredible potential. A gift to Child Advocates helps protect the rights of our community’s most vulnerable youth.

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Upcoming Events

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Dec

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Jan

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Feb

Interrupting Racism for Children: Virtual

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Feb

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Mar

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Latest Blog Entries

Should Children Who Face Abuse and Neglect Have a Right to An Attorney? | Podcast Episode 15

In Indiana, many children who face abuse and neglect do not have the right to an attorney in the child …
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How and Why Youth Are Interrupting Racism for Children | Podcast Episode 14

Many studies have shown that racism can have a profound impact on the health of children and youth. So, as …
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How to Be an Ally for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Work and at Home | Podcast Episode 13

Three Mothers and business leaders – one Black and two white – have an authentic conversation about race; how to …
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Mental Health Awareness Month: Child Advocates joins the conversation

Every May, we as a community recognize Mental Health Awareness month, try to educate ourselves on the importance of mental …
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