Abused and neglected children become involved in the court system due to no fault of their own.  In Indiana, these cases are called Child in Need of Services (CHINS) cases.  It is so very important that their voice is heard and that their best interests are vocalized.  While others involved may have someone speaking for them, these children do not.  That’s where a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer comes in!  Our local programs mobilize, train and empower volunteers who make a difference by helping judges make informed decisions about what is best for the child’s future.  CASA volunteers have face-to-face contact with children sufficient to give fact-based information to the court as the judge considers the direction of the case.   CASA volunteers are carefully screened, trained, appointed by the court, and supported by program staff so they can advocate for the child’s best interests and help them have a safe and permanent home as soon as possible.

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