Rep. Clere supports Court Appointed Special Advocates to combat child abuse
STATEHOUSE — Rep. Clere (R-New Albany) met with local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers from Floyd and Washington counties Monday.
Approximately 350 CASA volunteers from across the state held a rally at the Statehouse to raise awareness of CASA’s advocacy on behalf of abused and neglected children.
“CASA provides a voice for vulnerable children,” said Rep. Clere. “Without these dedicated volunteers, many children would have no voice at all.”
CASA was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1989. There are now more than 3,200 CASA volunteers in 72 counties advocating on behalf of 18,613 abused and neglected children.
“CASA volunteers are an invaluable resource,” said Rep. Clere. “Their service changes and saves lives.”
Indiana law requires the appointment of either a legal guardian or a trained court appointed special advocate in abuse and neglect cases. Moreover, if a child becomes the subject of a petition to terminate the parent/child relationship and the parent objects, the court shall appoint a legal guardian or CASA for the child.
Indiana courts are now more frequently appointing CASA volunteers in custody and paternity cases. Although, of the number of CASA volunteers who provide an invaluable service to Indiana trial courts is remarkable, the need for more volunteers is ongoing.
For more information regarding the opportunity to serve as a CASA volunteer or Legal Guardian, contact the Office of GAL/CASA, Division of State Court Administration, by calling 800-542-0813 (toll free) or by visiting their website at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/galcasa/.
Note regarding attached photo: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers from Floyd and Washington counties visited the Statehouse Monday and met with Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany). From left to right: Bob Maurer, Teresa Brady, Molly Permenter, Kim Grantz, Rep. Clere, Lee Ann Wiseheart, Becky Gardenour, Anne Terrell and Marion Winslow.