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STAND UP FOR ABUSED CHILDREN SO THEY CAN STAND A CHANCE

Every year, abused and neglected children are placed in foster care because they are unable to live safely at home. Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they cannot or will not take care of you. Now, into these children's lives comes dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers and more. Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA Volunteer. CASA Volunteers watch over and advocate for these abused and neglected children to make sure they don't get lost in the overburdened legal system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. They stay with each case until it is closed, and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many children, their CASA Volunteer is a constant adult presence and is the one who advocates for them.

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer
CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. As a CASA you would establish and maintain contact with a child. CASAs are community volunteers who are professionally trained to gather information about the child and his/her family, identify needs and possible services, speak on behalf of the child in court and monitor court orders and case plans to make sure that the case is moving forward. Responsibilities include meeting with the child monthly; talking with case managers, parents and foster parents; and writing reports for and attending court hearings.

Requirements to become a CASA Volunteer Last year we helped 247 children find a way out of abuse and neglect. You can make a real difference in the life of a child by volunteering today.

To apply, download an application here.

Other Ways to Help:
  • Writing/layout/editing/publication/distribution of the program's newsletter
  • Designing a website, or maintaining current information on a program website
  • Recruiting volunteers: public speaking, staffing tables at events, talking to friends
  • Hanging CASA posters in your community
  • Providing data entry on a regular basis
  • Inviting CASA staff to present a program to their community or civic group, recruiting volunteers, requesting a donation, etc.
  • Getting CASA information out in their workplace via e-newsletter, posters, brochures in pay envelopes, etc.
  • Organizing a fundraiser or contacting businesses for in-kind donations: food, prizes in connection with a special event or for volunteer recognition, office supplies, etc.
  • Presenting an in-service training workshop on a topic about which you have professional expertise
  • Making your home, workplace or other facility available to the CASA program for training, volunteer recognition, special events, etc.
  • Serving on governing boards or advisory councils or their committees
Please contact our office if you are interested in volunteer opportunites.
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Monroe County CASA • 201 N. Morton Street • Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone: (812) 333-2272 • Fax: (812) 333-7949 • E-mail: info@monroecountycasa.org

To report child abuse or neglect, please call the child abuse hotline at 1-800-800-5556