Tag Archives: child abuse

  1. 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…

  2. The Link Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

    For too long, our culture has portrayed domestic violence and child abuse as distinct and siloed issues. For those of us doing the work, the link between them is undeniable. One need not work in either field for too long to notice that the families struggling with domestic violence are often the same families struggling…

  3. CASA Volunteer Melanie Martin Empowers Children

    Melanie wanted to give back to her community and decided that the CASA volunteer program would be a good fit. “When I first signed up to be a CASA volunteer, I didn’t anticipate I’d be meeting these kids who handle their grueling situations with such strength and grace,” said Melanie. “I know I’ve made an…

  4. Our children. Our cases. Meet Korrie.

    Korrie is 6 years old. She just started second grade and her teacher notices Korrie can’t write her name and is struggling academically. Korrie often comes to school in dirty clothes and appears to be malnourished. DCS (Department of Child Services) Intake Unit received a report about Korrie and her condition. A DCS case manager…

  5. Meet Jayne Thorne, CASA Volunteer and Activist

    Jayne has always had a passion for children. She first heard about Child Advocates when she attended an Undoing Racism Speaker Series. Later she said, “I kept seeing ads about Child Advocates and what they were doing.” That combined with Jayne’s passion for race studies, race relations and diversity drew her to being a CASA…

  6. Early Childhood Trauma

    In a 60 Minutes segment, which aired Sunday, March 11, Oprah Winfrey explored the long-term adverse effects of early childhood trauma with a leading authority in field of early childhood development.  Dr. Bruce Perry, psychiatrist and neuroscientist, discussed the complex issues and the technique of Trauma Informed Care to treat the maltreated and traumatized child….

  7. Child Advocates Community Forums

    Throughout 2018 Child Advocates will partner with various Indianapolis Public Libraries to host Community Forums. These community forums serve to raise awareness on how drugs and violence are impacting Indy’s children. Join us for one of our many community forums and how you can help. No RSVP necessary. We hope to see you there! January…

  8. Our Kids. Our Cases. Meet Sarah.

    It was about a year ago. Sarah, then 10, was at home with her mother, Rachel, when she took a terrible fall, hitting her head and gashing her eyebrow. Stunned but aware she was injured, she walked to a neighbor’s house and tapped on the door.   “I’m hurt,” she said. “My mom can’t help.”…

  9. Our Kids. Our Cases. Ruby & Dylan.

    The following story is true; though names and specific details have been altered in order protect the privacy of our children. Every day in Indianapolis more than 10 children are victims of abuse and neglect. These are their stories. Ruby and Dylan Simpson do a lot of home school activities and outings, but the educational…

  10. Hank, the CASA Volunteer

    Hank greets everyone with a big, welcoming smile and sparkling blue eyes. His presence is comforting, and that is especially important because Hank is a CASA volunteer who speaks on behalf of children living in the foster care system. Children living in foster care have experienced traumatizing abuse or neglect. A comforting, consistent, caring adult,…