CASA volunteers are highly effective in advocating for abused and neglected children. In fact, a recent national survey reveals that judges believe the work of CASA volunteers is high quality and beneficial to judicial decision-making, and valuable to the children and families served. (For more information, see National CASA Association). Unfortunately, the courts are seeing an increasing number of children in abuse and neglect cases, and more volunteers are needed. In Indiana, the law was recently changed to say that EVERY child (not just children in certain cases) should have a CASA to speak for them. There is a critical need for volunteers so that no child goes without an advocate to guide them through the most difficult time in their young lives.
There are over 50,000 CASA volunteers across the country. East Central Indiana CASA is seeking individuals from diverse backgrounds to participate in the rewarding and empowering experience of serving as a CASA volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and must pass screening requirements and receive training to serve as a CASA. All applicants are welcome, but African American individuals, Hispanic/Latino individuals, and men are especially needed.
East Central Indiana CASA recruits and provides thorough training for volunteer advocates (32 classroom hours and 10 additional hours of courtroom observation) to prepare them to investigate cases, assure that children’s needs are met during the legal proceedings, and assist children with navigating the complex child welfare system. Volunteers are asked to commit to a child until the legal proceeding is over and the child is able to go home, is adopted or achieves permanency in a safe and stable home.
In addition to serving as child advocates, the East Central Indiana CASA also invites volunteers who are interested to assist in other areas, such as with outreach, marketing, fundraising, and leadership efforts. With the growing number of children in the court system, more outreach and marketing efforts are needed to recruit and train advocates and to raise funds.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here to complete the application. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss your interest. You may also contact our Volunteer Trainer, Kelsey Antrim, by telephone at (765) 649-7215 or at kantrim@MadisonCounty.IN.gov.