Our Mission

Child Advocates champions children and families throughout Indiana by advocating for access to justice and equity and fostering well-being for children. We offer vital programs and services for vulnerable children and youth statewide through a race equity lens.

  • Our attorneys serve children and youth, in the child welfare system across Indiana, who have experienced abuse and/or neglect, helping them find safe and permanent homes.
  • Our family liaisons connect children with serious mental health or behavioral challenges to a state-funded program for treatment.
  • Our educational liaisons offer free educational services to children who are struggling in school due to life traumas and challenges.
  • Our race equity facilitators advocate for racial equity in child welfare and in our communities for all children.

We fulfill our mission through six key programs: Statewide Access Site for the state’s Child Mental Health Wraparound program; Direct Representation; Educational Liaisons; Legal Services; Mediation and Facilitation; and Interrupting Racism for Children. We have served more than 100,000 vulnerable children across Indiana, in our 42-year history as child advocates. We stand up for children’s rights and amplify the voices of children and youth as we work to build them a better future where they can thrive.


For 39 years, Child Advocates was also an award-winning CASA (court-appointed special advocate) for Marion County, serving as the voice for thousands of children who are abused and/or neglected each year. In child abuse cases in Indianapolis, both the parents and the State of Indiana are represented by legal counsel. There was a time when the children had no one to represent them. That changed in 1982 with the creation of Child Advocates.

Child Advocates, formerly known as the Guardian Ad Litem Project, was founded by the Indianapolis Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in 1982, because NCJW and the courts recognized the need for abused and neglected children to have independent representation. In 1988, NCJW turned over the Guardian Ad Litem Project through assistance from the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society. In 1992 the project was incorporated as Child Advocates, Inc. and became a stand-alone agency.

Since its inception, Child Advocates has represented the best interests of more than 100,000 vulnerable children in Marion County, and today, across Indiana. We remain committed to building a better future for children in need.

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Community Partners

We are grateful for all of our Corporate Sponsors and Program Partners. Our work would not be possible without you.

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor or would like to receive more information, please contact us at: development@childadvocates.net. Or, call 317-205-3055.