From our President & CEO
As our agency name suggests, we believe family is important and that parental involvement is primary to a child’s feeling of well-being.

Time, experiences and simple conversations are all ways to share in your child’s life and show them you are interested and care. Time is the single most important investment you can make in your child’s future; spend it well.

Because we know it is so important we make it a point to include the family in all of our programing and will continue to support Porter County’s children and their families.

Lisa Jordan President & CEO
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CASA Program: Advocating for
abused and neglected children
Every day in this country 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die.
Some people may think that Porter County is protected from this type of statistic, but the opposite is true. In 2015 there were 320 children who were referred to our CASA program, over a 90% increase since 2012.
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 volunteer prepares a detailed assessment of the case and reports back to the court what is in the best interest of the child.
This program was established in Porter County in 1990 by the Family & Youth Services Bureau. During that time, CASA volunteers have made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of local children who have been neglected or abused.




Since 2012, we have seen over a 90% increase in the number of children referred to the Porter County CASA Program.
CASA volunteers are often the most stable influence in these children’s lives.

Every CASA volunteer receives 33 hours of training before assigned to a case.

Current CASA volunteers in Porter County include educators, law students, employees from IT firms, retirees, and mill workers.

If you have a passion to help local kids, please talk to us about becoming a CASA volunteer.
The next training session for CASA volunteers begins in May 2016.
For information about the CASA program or becoming
a CASA volunteer, please contact Cissie Wardell
at 464-9585 or
Your help is needed!
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and Family & Youth Services Bureau Board Member Ralph Ayres.

He was an invaluable member of our Board and Executive Board and always had the best interests of all the youth in our community in his heart.

We greatly appreciate his service to our agency.
Here is a link to article in The Times
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