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CASA conference to train, honor volunteers

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A single mother of two from Monroe County will receive the honor of volunteer of the year this weekend at an annual conference of court-appointed special advocates.

Marissa Reed chose to volunteer to advocate for abused and neglected children and accepted challenging cases including one involving a terminally ill child. Reed assisted and supported the family and helped with decisions from child care to funeral arrangements, according to Monroe Circuit Judge Stephen Galvin, who nominated Reed.

An estimated 600 volunteers are expected to gather Saturday for the 17th annual conference of the Indiana Supreme Court’s State Office of Court-Appointed Advocates. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wyndham Indianapolis West, 2544 Executive Drive, Indianapolis.

Author and child-welfare consultant Charlie Appelstein is the keynote speaker. Session topics will include advocating for infants, understanding poverty, working with difficult parents, trauma informed care, domestic violence, and sex-abuse accommodation syndrome.

CASA programs operate in 78 of Indiana’s 92 counties. More than 3,400 volunteers advocated for about 18,000 abused and neglected children in state care in 2012, according to the court, but another 2,000 children need advocates. More information is available at www.casa.in.gov.  

 

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  1. Such things are no more elections than those in the late, unlamented Soviet Union.

  2. It appears the police and prosecutors are allowed to change the rules halfway through the game to suit themselves. I am surprised that the congress has not yet eliminated the right to a trial in cases involving any type of forensic evidence. That would suit their foolish law and order police state views. I say we eliminate the statute of limitations for crimes committed by members of congress and other government employees. Of course they would never do that. They are all corrupt cowards!!!

  3. Poor Judge Brown probably thought that by slavishly serving the godz of the age her violations of 18th century concepts like due process and the rule of law would be overlooked. Mayhaps she was merely a Judge ahead of her time?

  4. in a lawyer discipline case Judge Brown, now removed, was presiding over a hearing about a lawyer accused of the supposedly heinous ethical violation of saying the words "Illegal immigrant." (IN re Barker) http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-discipline-2013-55S00-1008-DI-429.pdf .... I wonder if when we compare the egregious violations of due process by Judge Brown, to her chiding of another lawyer for politically incorrectness, if there are any conclusions to be drawn about what kind of person, what kind of judge, what kind of apparatchik, is busy implementing the agenda of political correctness and making off-limits legit advocacy about an adverse party in a suit whose illegal alien status is relevant? I am just asking the question, the reader can make own conclsuion. Oh wait-- did I use the wrong adjective-- let me rephrase that, um undocumented alien?

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