Category Archives: News

  1. Registration is Open for the Superhero Run

    Super Hero Run 2016

    Child Advocates Superhero Run Registration is Open! Saturday, June 25, 2016 New Location: Fort Harrison State Park 8:30AM Superhero 5k with Family Fun Walk/Parade to follow Costume Contest….and much more! Child Advocates invites you to join us at our 5th annual Superhero Run. Proceeds from this run help provide a voice to children in court…

  2. Meet Michael, the Volunteer Advocate

     Tell us about yourself, Michael: I am an engineer by trade, part of leadership of Dalton’s Food Pantry, Amazing Grace children’s Center and Ripe and Ready. I’m 46 years old, married and have a daughter who is a nurse. How long have you been a volunteer advocate: I have been a volunteer advocate for just under 1…

  3. Our Kids. Our Cases. Meet Steven, Ace & Mable.

    The following stories are true; though names and specific details have been altered in order protect the privacy of our children. Every day in Marion County 20 children are victims of abuse and neglect. These are their stories. Steven (7), Ace (5) and Mable (2) wake up one morning to find both mom and dad…

  4. Meet Harlene, the CASA Volunteer.

    1) Tell us a little about yourself…I am a divorced woman just starting her fabulous 60’s; with two adult children; a daughter in South Carolina and a son in Colorado. I m a paralegal and have worked for a legal services clinic, attorney, a financial institution, as well as working with children. 2) What originally made you want…

  5. Our Kids. Our Cases. Meet Baby Anna.

    The following stories are true; though names and specific details have been altered in order protect the privacy of our children. Every day in Marion County more than 10 children are victims of abuse and neglect. These are their stories. Anna is 6 months old. She lives with her mother in a small apartment on…

  6. Q & A with Child Advocates Executive Director

    How long have you been Child Advocates Executive Director?    I started as a part time attorney in 1994 and became Executive Director in 1996. About 20 years. What can you tell me was the most significant for moment for Child Advocates in 2015?  The press conference in April was the first time we went to…

  7. Meet Jen, The CASA Volunteer

    1) What originally made you want to become a CASA Volunteer? Growing up, my parents encouraged me to speak up, voice my thoughts and feelings, and advocate for myself. When I first heard about CASA, I was struck by the thought of these children, who were victims of abuse, having no voice. I was intrigued…

  8. Foster Care Will Wreck Your Bio Kids . . . In A Good Way

    When we first announced to our friends and family that we were pursuing adoption through foster care, I admit we caught people off guard. Although my husband and I had talked about it for years, no one else knew it was on our radar. Naturally, they had questions, one of the first always being, “What…

  9. The Impact of Trauma

    From the time they enter the state’s care and likely long before, foster youth experience trauma that can severely alter their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. The impact of trauma on foster youth can mean that this vulnerable population faces numerous additional challenges as they grow and develop into adulthood. Foster youth experience trauma in…

  10. Why a CASA Really Matters

    At just six months of age, the state placed twins “Jason” and “James” in foster care because of domestic violence, substance abuse and the unsanitary living conditions in their parents’ home. Becky, a trained CASA volunteer (Court Appointed Special Advocate) with United Way supported Child Advocates, was assigned to the twins’ case. Acting as the…

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