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[SUPREME] GAL/CASA Program Received National Grant to Benefit More Indiana Children
Start Date: 12/12/2012 All Day
End Date: 12/12/2012
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Indiana’s State Office of GAL/CASA has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.  This money will be used to support local programs that provide volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children in Indiana.

There are currently 946 CASA and volunteer guardian ad litem offices across the country training and supporting a network of 77,102 volunteers who ensure that children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect receive needed services and a voice in determining their futures. 

In 2012, National CASA is distributing $1.2 million in federal grants to 32 of these programs. Funds are provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), US Department of Justice, as authorized under the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990. 

“CASA programs continue to face deep budget cuts as a result of the still-struggling economy, says Michael Piraino, CEO of the National CASA Association. “National CASA grants provide strength and stability to our network, ensuring we continue to support the children who need help the most.” 

In 1989, the Indiana General Assembly established an office of Guardian Ad Litem and Court Appointed Special Advocate services to be administered through the Division of State Court Administration. Through this program, counties can be certified to be eligible to receive matching grants administered by the Division and disbursed pursuant to a statutory formula. In addition, the state office provides training and support services for local GAL/CASA programs. To date, there are certified GAL/CASA volunteer programs in 72 of Indiana’s 92 counties. In 2011, there were 3,300 GAL/CASA trained volunteers who advocated for abused and neglected children in Indiana.

For more information including the opportunity to serve as a volunteer CASA or Guardian ad Litem, contact Leslie Dunn at leslie.dunn@courts.IN.gov or by phone at 317.232.2542.
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Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
Email: kathryn.dolan@courts.in.gov
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