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Court Appointed Special Advocate

Volunteer hours are flexible, contact to learn more.

childadvocates_volCASA volunteers are appointed by the Marion County Juvenile Court to represent the best interest of abused and neglected children who enter the child welfare system and/or have been removed from their parents or caregivers. Our CASA volunteers act as fact-finders for the judges, providing them with information that they may not get otherwise. CASAs gather information from Court documents, social workers’ files, educational, medical, and therapy records. They also speak with the child, family members, school officials, health care providers, and other professionals involved in the child’s life. CASAs use this information, as well as firsthand observations, to advocate for the child in Court and school, and in other aspects of their lives. The CASA’s role is to consider what is in the child’s best interest and to make sure that each child’s individual needs are met.

CASAs visit with their children at least once a month. This provides the children with stability and consistency and allows the CASAs to better understand the needs of the children. Some CASAs build and maintain positive, trusting relationships with their children, that transcend their case.

If you would like to learn more, contact volunteer@childadvocates.net.


About Child Advocates

In child abuse cases in Marion County, both the parents and the State of Indiana are represented by legal counsel. There was a time when the children had no one to represent them. That changed in 1982 with the creation of Child Advocates.

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. In 1982 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. Child Advocates is the only agency to hold contract with the Marion County (Indianapolis) Juvenile Court to provide this service.

Child Advocates is a 501 (c) (3) agency and is certified by the National CASA Association and the Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA.

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