Hundreds of Indiana court-appointed special advocates will gather Monday for CASA Day at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The event will be at noon in the north atrium.
About 3,500 CASA volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children in the child welfare system, and Monday’s event aims to show support for the program, interact with lawmakers about issues facing children, and draw attention to the need for more volunteers. CASA volunteers serve about 18,000 abused and neglected children in 77 counties, but there are more than 4,000 children awaiting a CASA who do not have a voice in court.
About 300 CASA volunteers from across the state are expected for the event that will include remarks from Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury. Former foster youth from Wayne and Vanderburgh counties, along with their CASA volunteers, will share their inspiring stories. One young adult, a former foster child, will share poetry about what her CASA volunteer has meant to her.
The event is sponsored by the Indiana Child Advocates Network and the Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration’s State Office of Guardian Ad Litem/CASA.