Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers from al over Indiana attended CASA Day on March 4, at the Indiana Statehouse. Every day, these volunteers are the voice for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system and they were their voice at the Statehouse.
There are nearly 3,000 CASA volunteers in 73 Indiana counties advocating on behalf of 18,699 abused and neglected children. In Wabash County, there are 19 CASA volunteers representing 23 cases that involved 40 abused and neglected children. However, there are still 80 children remaining on the waiting list without a volunteer.
The program included remarks from Indiana House Speaker, Brian Bosma, Judge Viola Taliferro, who took part in the DCS Summer Study Commission, the 2010 Indiana CASA volunteer of the year, Bud Herron, and the foster child he advocated for, also spoke. The 18-year-old young man wrote and sand a rap song that described his experience in foster care and spoke about the importance of Bus, his CASA.
“I was proud to again chair this exciting event, where you could feel the energy and commitment of 300 volunteers and CASA staff chanting, “I am a CASA… I am for the Child,” stated Harmony House/CASA Director, Karen Biernacki. “We are fortunate to have legislators who are willing to listen to the needs of our children and support events such as CASA Day.”
In Wabash County, we still have 45 cases that involved 80 children that are on a waiting list to get a volunteer CASA, an advocate, a voice.
It’s not too late to get in on the upcoming training. For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, call your local Wabash County CASA office at 260-569-0533.