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Indiana GAL/CASA program gets national grant

Indiana’s State Office of the GAL/CASA has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. The money will be used to support local programs that provide volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children in Indiana.

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Child Advocates has been the voice of children for 30 years

As Court Appointed Special Advocate for Marion County, Child Advocates is celebrating its 30th anniversary, having assisted more than 75,000 children since its inception. Today, the organization advocates for every child involved in a Marion County abuse or neglect case – more than 5,000 annually – with the help of more than 400 volunteers.

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Rally to bring attention to CASAs

The Indiana Child Advocates Network and the State Office of GAL/CASA of the Division of State Court Administration held a rally at the Indiana Statehouse Monday morning to highlight the need for and the importance of court appointed special advocates.

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Howard County woman honored for CASA work

The Indiana Supreme Court’s state office of Court Appointed Special Advocates honored Ronda Moyers of Howard County as Volunteer of the Year at the 15th annual GAL/CASA conference. She was nominated by a child who she advocated for while the child was in foster care.

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Programs target older foster youth

For foster youth who are about to age out of the system or have already done so, there often is no support system. That decreases one’s chance of getting a good education and increases the likelihood that the former foster youth will end up homeless or become involved in illegal activity and be arrested after aging out.

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Need remains for GAL/CASA help in Indiana

While more than 4,000 Indiana children remain on a waiting list for advocates in cases that involve abuse and neglect, Guardian Ad Litem/Court Appointed Special Advocates programs recruited and trained 911 new volunteers, a 50 percent increase from 2007, according to the 2008 statewide Court Appointed Special Advocates statistics made available today.

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CASA, American Legion form partnership

The CEO of the national organization of Court Appointed Special Advocates met Monday with high ranking members of the American Legion's Child Welfare Foundation in Indianapolis and the foundation's board approved a resolution for a partnership between the two organizations two days later.

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Court: counties responsible for GAL, CASA fees

In a significant opinion about the funding of child welfare cases, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today that any guardian ad litem or Child Appointed Special Advocate fees associated with a child in need of services case must be paid by the county and not the state agency that lawmakers gave more oversight power to in the past year.

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Child Advocates relocates

Child Advocates has relocated its offices, where it will have an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30.The organization moved to 8200 Haverstick Road, Suite 240, Indianapolis, IN 46240. The event is open to the public. People interested in attending should RSVP by Oct. 24 to [email protected] or call (317) 493-2240.

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