From our President & CEO
Summer is here and although it has been a bit wet, that didn't get in the way of our 2nd Annual Chalk the Walk event.
The day was beautiful but couldn't compete with the beauty of the colorful chalk artwork that appeared on the Porter County Courthouse Square.
Children especially enjoyed the day getting their faces painted, listening to story tellers and delighting in yummy ice cream.
Thank you to all the participants and visitors that made the family-fun-filled day such a huge success. See you all again next year!
Lisa Jordan President & CEO
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Established in Porter County in 1990 by the Family & Youth Services Bureau, the CASA Program advocates for what is in the best interests of abused and/or neglected children. They save lives.
Every day in this country 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges critical information they need to insure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to by relatives or while in foster care.
The Court Appointed Special Advocate—also known as the CASA volunteer—is assigned to work with a child who has been abused and/or neglected. After visiting with the child over a period of time, the CASA prepares a detailed assessment of the case and reports back to the court what is in the best interest of the child.
Over the past few months In Porter County alone, the CASA program has worked with more than 170 children who have been victims of abuse or neglect. “When I started working with CASA twenty years ago, we saw cases that reflected extremely poor housekeeping or perhaps use of inappropriate discipline,” notes CASA Director Claudia Clark. “Today many of our cases reflect issues of substance abuse by the parents. It is so sad to see young parents in their twenties who keep testing positive for drugs or alcohol. Until they resolve that issue, it is not safe for the child to be in that environment. Everything we do is to look out for the best interests of the child.”
Each case that a CASA volunteer handles takes a few to as many as 18 months to complete. Some difficult cases take longer.
Currently there are 49 volunteers serving the CASA program in Porter County; three of our current volunteers have served as CASAs for over twenty years.
Are you the right person to be a CASA Volunteer?
For more information about the CASA program, about becoming a CASA Volunteer, or making a contribution to the program, contact Claudia
Clark at 219-464-9585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our featured program: CASA
Training Sessions are held three to four times each year
Each training session meets twice each week in the evening, three hours each time for six consecutive weeks
Volunteers must attend each training session
Volunteers log from 50 to 200 hours or more per year as CASA Volunteer
The benefit to you: your work will have a life changing effect on a child that they will remember for years to come.