Category Archives: General

  1. Laura’s Story

    Long before my feet touched Iraqi soil—before I even joined the United States Marine Corps—I was a veteran of a long war for survival. My first foe was my father, who was horribly abusive to my mother and me. When he finally left, a new enemy surprised me: my mother’s demons. I was 13 when…

  2. Superhero Run – Race Details

    2017 Superhero Run – Saturday June 24th at Fort Harrison State Park. WE ARE INSIDE THE PARK THIS YEAR – NEW COURSE! Please DO NOT drive into the park. Parking address and information is included below. It’s here! It’s here! We’re ready – you’re ready ….now let us give you the details: Online registration will…

  3. Gaining Ground by Letting Go

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Many of us were taught that a key to success is tenacity. But 18-year-old-Savanna says that her secret to moving forward was giving up. Savanna assumed the role of a parent at a very early age. Her mother—consumed by her addiction to alcohol and drugs—was seldom…

  4. From Victim to Victorious

    Six years ago, Dashun Jackson was a boy in need of a voice. After years of abuse at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, he had many physical and emotional scars, including what he describes as an inability to talk with men. Today, Dashun is not only confidently representing himself—as a junior in…

  5. Josh Kelchner CASA Success Story: Focused on Family

    Josh Kelchner did everything he could to keep his family together. But it almost wasn’t enough. The oldest of four children, Josh and his younger siblings first came to the attention of Tennessee child protective services when he was 14 years old. Suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, their mother had been neglecting the children…

  6. Celebrating A Phenomenal Woman

    In honor of Mother’s Day last weekend….Child Advocates would like to features these two sweet siblings and their story. The article went out in the Indianapolis Recorder last Thursday and it’s too special not to share. The article features the story of Child Advocates staff member Danielle Pierson and her adopted son, pictured here. Please…

  7. Staff Advocate goes on Fantastic Voyage

    For almost 10 years, Staff Advocate Andrea Manning- Dudley has been serving foster youth in Indianapolis. She was recently a recipient of the United Way Renewal Grant which goes to individuals who have been working in social work for 8+ years. As part of her renewal grant, Andrea went on the Tom Joyner Cruise –…

  8. Our Kids. Our Cases. Meet Jenny

    At only two weeks old, baby Jenny suffered a severe stroke due to an untreated illness, causing permanent brain damage and the need for lifelong medical care. At home with her mother, Jenny did not receive the specialized medical care she needed. Her daycare center called Child Protective Services (CPS) when she was two and…

  9. Child Advocates: Get The Grant

    We need your help! Child Advocates has trained 1,800 child welfare workers in Indianapolis with our Undoing Racism workshops, providing about better outcomes for abused and neglected children in Indianapolis. We need your help to bring more workshops to our agency. Vote and share with friends to help make this happen! Individuals can vote 1x a…

  10. Bondar’s advocate together for kids in Indy

    You can volunteer to be a court-appointed special advocate in Marion County and look out for the best interests of kids whose parents are unable to give them a stable, safe place to live and the feeling that somebody does care about them. That’s what Cindy and Nick Bondar do as volunteers with Child Advocates in…

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