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Johnson County CASA program gets grants

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The Johnson County Court Appointed Special Advocates program has received four grants totaling more than $22,000 to fund the recovery from the June flood and expand the program's mission.

This week, the program learned it will receive a $5,000 competitive grant through the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act. CAPTA funds are awarded to implement innovative ideas for expanding CASA service.

In addition to the CAPTA grant announced by the Indiana Supreme Court, the Johnson County CASA program received $500 from the State Farm Companies Foundation thanks to the volunteer efforts of a local agent who has been a CASA volunteer for 15 years.

The Johnson County Community Foundation gave Johnson County CASA more than $9,000 through a fall grant to enable the program to launch a public relations campaign to recruit more volunteers. The JCCF also provided nearly $8,000 in emergency relief to the CASA program following the June flood to piece together a functioning office. The CASA program was displaced and many necessary training and reference materials were lost in the flood.

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