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  



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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.