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Elkhart County CASA Program Charity Profile
In the early 70's there was a growing concern that child abuse was a problem in Elkhart County and nationwide. In 1974, United Way of Elkhart County appointed a task force to study the problem of child abuse and to find solutions. In 1976, United Way provided funding to hire a Child Abuse Coordinator for Elkhart County. The Child Abuse Coordinator was housed with an existing United Way agency known as the Child Health Society of Elkhart. The Child Health Society later changed its name to New Day Parent-Child Society and in 1986 changed its name to Child Abuse Prevention Services.
In 2005, the organization underwent a marketing study which prompted the agency to change its name to Child And Parent Services. CAPS participated in the first Governor's Conference on Child Abuse in 1976, which led to the formation of the Indiana Chapter of the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. Much of the focus in late 70's and early 80's was on raising awareness about child abuse and how to prevent it. CAPS has always been a pioneer in the field of child abuse prevention and has played a leadership role at the state level.
Elkhart County CASA Program Volunteer Information
A CASA volunteer donates time weekly to advocate for children in the court system. A CASA interviews everyone involved in the case and spends special time with the children involved and then appears in court on behalf of those children.