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CASA - The Voice of Clark County's Children Charity Profile
CASA - The Voice of Clark County's Children is affiliated with the Indiana State Office of GAL-CASA, which is part of the Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration. This program is certified by the State Office and complies with the Indiana Supreme Court Program Standards and Code of Ethics for GAL-CASA programs. This program is also a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association.
CASA - The Voice of Clark County's Children is a Court Appointed Special Advocate program. Based upon the principle that a child is entitled to a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible, our mission is to promote and advocate for the best interests of a child involved in a neglect and abuse case in the court system of Clark County, Indiana. Our mission will be accomplished by recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers, to act as the eyes and ears for an abused and neglected child, and ultimately, strive to improve their circumstances and quality of life.
CASA - The Voice of Clark County's Children Volunteer Information
CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens, age 21 or over. They come from diverse backgrounds and many work full-time. Some are students or retired persons. The most important qualities in a volunteer are commitment, objectivity, good communication skills, and they care about children.
The volunteer must have regular, in-person contact with the child, sufficient to have in-depth knowledge of the case and make fact based recommendations to the court. The CASA volunteer offers a child trust and advocacy during complex legal proceedings. They explain to the child the events that are happening, the reasons they are in court, and the roles the judge, lawyers, and social workers play. The volunteer encourages the child to express his/her own opinion and hopes, while remaining objective observers.