Over 300 CASA volunteers are expected to gather for CASA Day, Monday, March 7th, at the Indiana State House. CASAs volunteer as Court Appointed Special Advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children whose families are involved with the child welfare system. Almost 3,500 CASA volunteers are currently advocating on behalf of approximately 23,500 abused and/or neglected children, within 77 of Indiana’s counties, including Clay, Montgomery, Morgan, Putnam, and Owen Counties. However, there are still over 5,000 children waiting for a CASA. An important goal of the Statehouse CASA Day gathering is to raise awareness for the need of more volunteers.
The CASA Day program will begin at Noon, on the 2nd floor of the North Atrium. Governor Mike Pence and Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush (a former Monroe County foster youth) will both make statements. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to interact with their legislators about the issues facing children, and show support for the CASA program. If you would like to know more about becoming a CASA in your area, visit this story at WREBfm.com for related links. You could be the voice a child needs!