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Hundreds gather at statehouse to celebrate decades of commitment to child advocacy

(Provided Photo/Child Advocates)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Hundreds of people met at the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday to celebrate an organization that works to help abused and neglected children.

Court Appointed Special Advocate, also known as CASA, has been serving children in need for 30 years. The organization said Indiana CASA programs helped more than 25,000 children in 2019.

Specially trained volunteers serve as advocates for children in the courtroom, helping the judge make the decision that is in each child’s best interest.

“Volunteers are an important part of what we do in the child welfare system,” said Cindy Booth, CEO at Child Advocates. “They are specially trained and they go out and visit the children wherever they are and bring back information about the child. So they’ll find out from the teachers, from the caregivers, from the child him or herself what’s going on in his or her life in foster care.”

CASA is always looking for volunteers to add to their team. Click here to learn more about how volunteers can get involved.