In order to illustrate and bring awareness to the need for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers in our local community, Advocates for Children will be highlighting one case which is currently on our waiting list every two weeks. Identifying information has been altered in order to protect the privacy of the families involved in these cases.
With all of our current Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers currently serving cases, Advocates for Children is urgently seeking new volunteers to serve as CASAs for children such as seven year old “Patrick, “ who was recently removed from his father’s care by the Department of Child Services. Patrick’s father has been unable to provide stable housing for his son, and Patrick has not received the medical attention he requires due to a chronic health condition.
Without a CASA volunteer representing Patrick’s best interests, he may continue to go without adequate medical attention. He could be moved from placement to placement, endangering his educational progress and stunting his social growth. Without a CASA leaning on the system, Patrick and his father may not receive adequate counseling to deal with the trauma of their circumstances.
The volunteer who answers the call to stand up for children such as Patrick will not be expected to go it alone. To ensure that they are adequately prepared, all potential CASA volunteers receive 30 hours of training provided by Advocates for Children, and will be assisted with their case by our professional staff.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer for one of the 300 children like this one who are currently on Advocates for Children’s waiting list, please visit apowerfulvoice.org or call the office toll-free at (877) 604-9402 to learn more.
Advocates for Children is a non-profit organization which recruits, trains and supports CASA volunteers for children in Bartholomew, Decatur and Jennings counties.
— Daily News