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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 Begins New Services Statewide to Serve Children With Mental Health Challenges

Child Advocates is honored to announce that on Monday, May 2, it will officially begin new services as the single point of entry for youth and families who wish to explore eligibility for certain state-funded home and community-based mental health services.

Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) chose Child Advocates at the beginning of 2022, as its first, single statewide access site for DMHA’s High Fidelity Wraparound program, called the Children’s Mental Health Wraparound (CMHW). The program offers support and services to Hoosier children and youth who face serious mental health or behavioral challenges. For the first time, families will call just one phone number—211—which streamlines and starts the process to determine whether their child is eligible for the Child Mental Health Wraparound program.

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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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Aug

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Sep

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Oct

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Nov

Interrupting Racism for Children

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Dec

Interrupting Racism for Children

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Latest Blog Entries

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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Child Advocates Begins New Services Statewide to Serve Children With Mental Health Challenges

INDIANAPOLIS—Child Advocates is honored to announce that on Monday, May 2, it will officially begin new services as the single …
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