Category Archives: General

  1. CASA Volunteer, Advocate and Friend

    When I was little, I had a secret—one I kept to myself for years. Every time I thought about it, I got so scared I didn’t know what to do.  The first time I cried out for help, my mom said I was making it all up. There’s no way that any of her boyfriends…

  2. Advocacy, Culture, and CASA

    I have been a CASA Volunteer for only six months, but I feel like I have made a lifetime difference for two young siblings Bella age 10 and six-year-old Estevan. One morning Bella was beaten so severely with a belt that she was unable to sit down in school. Luckily her teacher took notice and…

  3. Three Kids and A CASA

      When I first became a CASA, I was scared. During training, they told us about a current case that was very challenging, and I raised my hand to volunteer for those children. But when they actually assigned it to me, I questioned whether I was worthy of that confidence. The case was a set…

  4. Helping Children and Changing Lives.

    Maureen had recently retired when she saw information about Child Advocates in the local newspaper. She read how Child Advocates served children who were victims of abuse and neglect and how they needed the help of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteers to do so. After much consideration about how to use her new free…

  5. A Month in the Life of a CASA Volunteer

      Many potential volunteers ask us, “What all is involved with being a CASA volunteer?” and while the answer varies from case to case, the 6-10 hours per month spent as a CASA volunteer generally involve a regular set of calls and visits. Here’s an example of what a monthly schedule of a CASA volunteer…

  6. Teacher Turned CASA Volunteer

    Mary spent 20 years teaching young children in Indianapolis schools. Throughout her career, she saw children who clearly had “more to deal with than they should in their young lives.” She saw firsthand the impact of poverty and drugs on her young students. Mary made sure they were supported and cared for while in her…

  7. Our Focus on Philanthropy

    It’s that time a year when you’re likely getting lots of mail and emails regarding “Year End Donations” – It’s also likely you’ve recently received some of those from Child Advocates. During 2018 and beyond we’re focusing on philanthropy at Child Advocates and want to help you understand what exactly that means for the children…

  8. Volunteer Interview with Stacey Moore

    When did you become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteer? I’ve been a CASA Volunteer for about 2 years. What made you decide to become a CASA Volunteer? I knew it was something I could do. I wanted to give back and I know children needed help. I thought it was time for me to get…

  9. Holidays are Difficult for Indiana Foster Children

    “There is no keener revelation of society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” – Nelson Mandela It’s that time of year again when people of all ages are heading back to their families and homes. The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s a time where we find ourselves surrounded by the…

  10. Helping Foster Children Reach Their Fullest Potential

    Allan, a semi-retired pharmacist, read a book years ago that affected him profoundly, “Throw Away Children”, by Judge Lisa Richette. In her clarion call for reform, the author recounts many heart-wrenching cases of children who fell through the cracks of the juvenile court system – children who are left feeling unprotected, unloved and bereft of…