Volunteer your time when it works for you. Advocates average 6-8 hrs/mo. One-year commitment necessary to see case through to completion.
When a child is removed from their home because of abuse or neglect, their “normal” is interrupted. On top of the trauma they’ve experienced because of the abuse, there’s pain and confusion due to the separation from what they know and where they feel comfortable. Add in court dates, visits with parents, and check-ins with social workers, and it all becomes very overwhelming and isolating.
A volunteer advocate helps bear the burden the child is carrying. They are the constant amidst the chaos. The volunteer talks with both the biological and the foster parents. They meet with the teachers, doctors, and social workers to ensure the child’s needs are being met. The volunteer speaks up for the child’s best interest in court. In the middle of all the shuffle and uncertainty, the volunteer advocate really knows the child, and the judge counts on their insight.
There are over 5,000 children in Indianapolis right now who need this support. Be their champion. Be a powerful voice for their best interest. Be a court appointed special advocate.
About Child Advocates, Inc.
Child Advocates, formerly known as the Guardian Ad Litem Project, was founded by the Indianapolis Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in 1982 because NCJW and the courts recognized the need for abused and neglected children to have independent representation. In 1988, NCJW turned over the Guardian Ad Litem Project to the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society. As of March 1990, the project was incorporated as Child Advocates, Inc. and became a stand-alone agency.
Child advocates number one goal is to provide independent, child-focused representation to every child who has suffered abuse and/or neglect, advocating for them until a safe and permanent home is established.
Child Advocates is the only agency to hold a contract with the Marion County Juvenile Court to provide this service. In 2016, we served 7,575 children.