Tag Archives: advocate

  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. Child Advocates Rally at Indiana Statehouse

    Child Advocates, CASA of Marion County, and 84 other Indiana CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) programs will gather hundreds of volunteers from across the state to rally at the Indiana State House. Many in the crowd will be CASA Volunteers from the various counties across the state. CASA Volunteers advocate on behalf of abused and…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. What We’re Thankful for in 2018

    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie. There are a lot of reasons why it’s…

  9. Finding a Forever Family

    Part 1 At just 4 years and 2 months old, the odds were stacked against Diggs and Myles. CPS had removed them from their mothers care due to her drug addiction. Their father had been diagnosed with cancer and was unable to care for them. Their family was struggling. The children were placed in foster…

  10. Meet CASA Volunteer, Jim Thorne

    Jim Thorne was first introduced to Child Advocates by an Undoing Racism Speakers Series event that was hosted at his church by Child Advocates.  He knew his wife was interested in the program, so he decided to join her.  It wasn’t long after that Jim and Jayne had decided to go through the volunteer training…