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Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Justice & Legal

Location

30 South Meridian, Suite 500Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We strive to provide trained volunteers to advocate for children involved in abuse and neglected cases in Indiana courts.

Description

We support programs statewide that train community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. In Indiana in 2013, over 3,000 GAL/CASA volunteers became the voice of over 18,000 children involved in the court process due to abuse and/or neglect. Without a GAL/CASA volunteer, an abused or neglected child may not have a voice in court. Our volunteers are for the child, and no one else. Sadly, not every child who needs a voice in court has one. There are currently over 2,500 children waiting for a GAL/CASA volunteer. Will you be their voice? If you are interested, please contact us and we will put you in contact with your local GAL/CASA volunteer program. We have programs in 77 of Indiana's 92 counties at the present time. A child is waiting...will you help?

Reviews

Would you recommend Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA?
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by Tanya S. from Huntington, IN (February 28, 2021)
The work we do is vitally important. When a child must be removed from their home, it is because their situation is desperate. It is because their parents cannot care for them properly at that time. Although it is true the state agencies try to do everything they can with the interests of the child in mind, their ultimate goal is always reunification with the family. Services tend to focus heavily on supporting the parent to obtain their children back from the state. There are very little services in comparison geared toward helping the child. It is not always in the best interest of the child to go back to their parents. Children are extremely intuitive and know their needs. Therefore I have the privelage of legally representing a child's desires in court. Sometimes, even when it is not in the best interest of the child, the courts are forced to return custody to a parent because the law ties their hands. It's good to be that support for someone.

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