Our Programs

Our programs ensure that the children we represent and advocate for receive a safe, permanent home as soon as possible and thrive in all areas of their lives.

Juvenile Court Program

Since 1982, Child Advocates has been the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) appointed by Marion County Juvenile Court to CHINS (Child In Need of Services) cases to provide representation for foster children with the help of trained, community volunteers. These cases involve children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect.

Our primary goal is to assign a caring, trained volunteer to act as an advocate for each child who has suffered abused and/or neglect.

Family Crisis Advocacy Program

Child Advocates is appointed to represent the best interests of children who are the subject of custody disputes and who have been abused and/or neglected.

Mediation and Facilitation Program

When the Marion County Department of Child Services begins the process to terminate the parent/child relationship, mediation can often achieve more positive outcomes than a trial.

Youth Advocate Program

Youth transitioning out of foster care at age 18 are often released from the State’s custody without a viable plan of action.

Our Youth Advocate Program works with youth to access the programs and services they need to be successful. We build and nurture connections to local and national colleges and universities to help promote the transition from high school to college.

Educational Liaison Program

Educational liaisons provide individualized assistance and coordinate with the school and court system. They also model effective communication practices to help students and families develop positive communication skills and improve educational outcomes.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Educational Liaison, please contact Donna Walker at donna@childadvocates.net or 317-308-0052. A background in education is preferred.

Interrupting Racism for Children

In Marion County, black children represent 11% of the child population; however, they represent 40.9% of children in the child welfare system. Racial disparities in child welfare, income, education and health continue to exist and serve as a barrier to just and sustainable communities. Interrupting Racism for Children educates and moves individuals to take action to stop racism in its tracks, creating a future where children thrive and race does not predict their life outcomes. Join us to make a lasting impact for our children.