Tag Archives: volunteers

  1. Educational Advocacy – Tips to Help Advocate for Foster Kids in School

    August usually means two things to a child – summer is almost over and the first day of school is right around the corner. For the children we serve at Child Advocates, school can be a huge challenge. Consistency isn’t always a given. Often our kids are starting new schools and possibly moving to new…

  2. Summer in Foster Care

    Finally, the end of the school year, it’s summertime! Childhood summers prompt memories of the beach, heading off to summer camp and playing outside with friends until dinner. Summer days should be for making lifelong, cherished memories. When you live in foster care, however, just because the school year ends, does not mean that your…

  3. 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…

  4. Meet Sophie

    Sophie was removed from her home just after starting preschool. Her teachers noticed she was not learning as quickly as her classmates, and would most likely need extra help to be kindergarten ready. She is now living with her grandparents. She turns five next week. A  CASA volunteer stepped up to advocate for Sophie. With…

  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. CASA Reward: Seeing a Child Reach Their Fullest Potential

    CASA Reward: Seeing a Child Reach Their Fullest Potential Jacky is one of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children’s most tenured advocates – fighting for children’s rights for over eight years. She loves being a CASA. She loves that being a CASA allows her to use her knowledge as a school guidance counselor, but it also…

  7. 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….

  8. Our Kids. Our Cases. Meet Jacob.

    Growing up, Jacob experienced physical and emotional abuse. After being removed from his home, he switched living arrangements and schools multiple times. He had very little support as he tried to navigate and adapt to each new living situation. Much of the time he felt alone and apathetic—especially about school. Jacob’s grades began slipping. He…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.”…