Greensburg Daily News
---- — Dear Editor:
This month, our country celebrated National Volunteer Week, and I hope that each of you took the opportunity to thank your friends and neighbors who go the extra mile to give back to their community.
As a Juvenile Court Judge, I’d like to take a moment to extend a special thank you of my own to one very special group of volunteers – our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers.
When a child has been abused and neglected and enters into an often-overburdened child welfare system, these courageous volunteers step forward to provide him or her with a voice. Last year alone, these volunteers provided 63 children in Decatur County with more than 400 hours of service.
The results of their efforts speak for themselves. A child with a CASA volunteer by their side is more likely to quickly find his or her way to a permanent home, is half as likely to end up back in the foster care system once he or she has been placed, and reliably does better in school.
I am extremely grateful for the work these volunteers do in my courtroom and in our community. I hope that if you know a CASA volunteer, you will thank them. I also hope that you will consider joining them. Right now, more than 60 children in Decatur County are waiting for a CASA volunteer to stand by their side.
If you would like to learn more about how to become a CASA volunteer and make a lifelong difference for a child, please contact Advocates for Children at 812-372-2808, or visit their website at apowerfulvoice.org.
Judge Timothy Day
Decatur County Circuit Court