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2019 Indiana GAL/CASA Conference
The 23rd Annual Indiana GAL/CASA Conference was recently held in French Lick, Indiana. The theme for the conference was "Giving Kids the Winning Edge."
As the 2019 conference keynote speaker, business owner, former NFL player, and author Shawn Harper shared an encouraging message about overcoming adversity and finding purpose. Breakout sessions offered throughout the day covered topics such as family preservation, understanding the science of the addicted brain, and advocating for children of incarcerated parents, LGTBQ+ youth, older youth, or the special needs foster child. To close the conference, intervention coordinator/author Herb Stepherson identified experiences from his own childhood that led him towards drugs and addiction. Now almost five years clean, he shared his story so that others will know there is hope for anyone battling the disease of addiction.
Save the Date!
The 24th Annual Indiana GAL/CASA Conference will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 26, 2020!
General Summary of Indiana’s Volunteer GAL/CASA Programs in 2018
- Certified GAL/CASA volunteer programs in 84 of our 92 counties
- 4,718 active volunteers advocated for children involved in 26,431 CHINS cases
- 1,128 new volunteers were trained in 2018
- Expansion planned for Carroll County CASA during 2019 to also serve children in White County
- Volunteer program pending for Adams County in 2019
Media Advisory: CASA Day at the State House
March 12, 2019 | Press Release
Volunteers from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will gather at the Indiana State House on March 19 to share the importance of advocating for the best interest of foster children and interact with legislators about important issues facing children. CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children whose families are involved with the child welfare system.