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Child Advocates

Child Advocates serves children and youth statewide who have experienced abuse and neglect or children who are facing other life traumas or challenges. We champion and advocate for justice in child welfare, children’s mental health well-being, educational help for children, and racial equity in all communities. Our goal is to help build a better future for every child. Our commitment is to listen to children and be their voice, standing up for their rights and working tirelessly to keep them safe and secure with an opportunity to thrive.

We are also a welcoming agency to the LGBTQ+ community.

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Our Programs

Child Advocates offers vital programs and services for vulnerable children and youth across Indiana.

  • We connect families who have children with serious mental health and behavioral challenges to a state-funded wraparound program for help and hope.
  • We serve children and youth in the child welfare system in Indiana who have experienced abuse and neglect, including offering older children their own, free attorney.
  • We offer educational liaisons to help children who are struggling in school.
  • We advocate for racial equity in child welfare and our communities by interrupting racism for children.

We fight for justice, equity, and well-being for every child and we want to help build them a better future.

We fulfill our mission through six key programs: Statewide Access Site to the Child Mental Health Wraparound program, Direct Representation, Educational Liaison, Legal Services, Mediation and Facilitation, and Interrupting Racism for Children.

And we will do whatever it takes to help them, taking the lead with innovative programs in child welfare and in communities across Indiana that can help transform their lives. So how do we do it? Who better to tell our story than some of the children we serve?

Hear directly from some of them about what it means to have a child advocate give them a voice for their future. And hear how you, too, can join us and be a child advocate from our newly retired CEO, Cindy Booth, and some of our other amazing leaders.

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Show Your Support

We help children of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, 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

16

Apr

Inspire & Ignite! A Youth Social Justice Contest & Showcase

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

24

Apr

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

15

May

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

13

Jun

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

17

Jul

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

28

Aug

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

25

Sep

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Latest Blog Entries

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New CEO & How You Can Be a Child Advocate | Podcast Episode 22

We are going through major change in leadership in 2024 but our work for vulnerable children across Indiana is as …
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New CEO of Child Advocates Chosen as Long-time CEO Prepares to Retire

INDIANAPOLIS - The Child Advocates Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Phyllis Armstrong, a long-time, experienced leader and …
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A Former Foster Child, Now Child Rights Lawyer, Shares Piercing Insight on the Child Welfare System | Podcast Episode 21

Hear an authentic, piercing, and comprehensive conversation about our nation’s child welfare system and its impact on children, especially children …
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Cindy Booth to Retire as CEO of Child Advocates

After a 30-year career at Child Advocates, Inc., including serving as the Chief Executive Officer for the past 28 years, …
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