August Training Class

We are always looking for additional volunteers to join our team.  The next training for new volunteers is scheduled to begin August 15.  Here are some things to know about joining CASA:

  1. To being the process, complete the application found our our website.  The application must be completed in one sitting so it’s a good idea to have the email addresses of three people, who are not relatives, ready for the reference section.
  2. Once that is completed, you will receive an email from the Director asking to set up a personal interview.
  3. Class is six weeks and begins on August 15, 2017.  It will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m on Tuesday evenings.
  4. Courtroom observation as well as shadowing a seasoned volunteer are also a part of the training process.
  5. The deadline to submit the application for the August class is August 1.
  6. The application can be completed ahead of time.  This allows the interview to take place and the courtroom observation and shadowing to be completed before class begins.
Drive For CASA

Dubois County CASA and Bob Luegers Motors are joining forces! For each new Buick and GMC test-drive during the month of March, Bob Luegers will donate $20 to the Dubois County CASA program.

“We’re so excited to partner with Bob Luegers for this effort and honored they’ve chosen to support CASA,” said Deena Hubler, CASA director. “We hope the test-drive event brings awareness to our cause while supporting a local business that gives back to our community,” Hubler said.

Dubois County CASA provides trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.  Last year, 184 children were served through Dubois County CASA.

“We hope the community will join us in supporting the work of our dedicated CASA volunteers by test driving a new Buick or GMC during our “Drive for CASA” event in March, at Bob Luegers Motors in Jasper,” said Jeryl Luegers, co-owner.

Child Abuse Awareness: Jenna Quinn Presentation

There are over 42 million survivors of sexual abuse in America alone. According to the Prevent Child Abuse America Report (2015) “Jenna’s Law” has shaped the standard of care for child abuse prevention in the U.S. and remains the most comprehensive law today.

What is “Jenna’s Law?” A law mandating that teachers, parents, and students be made aware of the signs of child sexual abuse.

Jenna Quinn recently visited Dubois County and gave a presentation to 300+ local sixth grade students at the Cabby O’Neil gymnasium. After the presentation concluded, the students were given a pinwheel and asked to plant them in a “garden” to bring awareness to child abuse. Quinn’s presentation focused on how she overcame being sexually abused as a child and to bring hope to other teens who have experienced the same abuse.

If you would like to know more about Jenna Quinn and/or Jenna’s Law. Please visit her website http://jennaquinn.org/

New Volunteers Sworn In

June 2015 Class Kristie, Dawn, Kelly

Dubois County CASA welcomes Kristie Foote, Dawn Kilian and Kelly Lehmkuhler.  The group finished their Initial Training and were sworn in by Judge Verkamp on June 2, 2015.  We are glad to have them as part of our team!

Training

Initial training for new volunteers begins April 30 at the Corrections Center.  Contact the director for more information.

In-service training May 11 at the Corrections Center.  Megan Whitehead from The Villages will be our presenter.  Her topic with be sexual behaviors in children.  Lunch will be provided.

 State CASA Conference  September 19 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  The day long conference  provides CASAs with opportunities to hear speakers from around the country present topics that are relevant to our work.  This is also a great way network with volunteers in our own program as well as from around the state. This conference does count towards the requirement of 12 in-service hours per year for volunteers.

April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month

Child abuse and neglect does happen in our community.  In the 2013-14 Fiscal Year, there were 163 substantiated neglect cases, 28 substantiated sex abuse cases and 16 substantiated cases of physical abuse against Dubois County Children.

The first step in prevention is raising awareness.  By working together we can build awareness and increase prevention of child abuse and neglect.  Please visit the Documents section of this website for suggestions of how you can help build awareness.  You will also find articles from the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) on topics such as keeping babies safe and how social media can cause depression in our teens.

Fostering and Adopting Children

Foster Parents and Adoptive Parents are special people who make a huge difference in the lives of children. To find out how you can become a foster parent or adopt a child out of foster care, follow the links below.
Department of Child Services

The Debra Corn Agency

The Villages

Through a Child’s Eyes

Click on the link below to view a video of what it is like from a child’s perspective to be in an abusive home, removed and separated from her brother. This film was made to bring awareness to what some kids experience and to help adults understand life through the children’s eyes. At the end, she says it all: “I am lovable. I am worthy of care.”

You can make a huge difference in children’s lives by becoming a CASA or a Foster Parent.

Dubois County CASA on TV 18

TV 18’s Bill Potter interviews a CASA volunteer and the program director. Find out more information about how you can contribute to the program.  Either by becoming a volunteer or making a financial donation.

Training for New Volunteers

Each volunteer receives 30 hours of training prior to being sworn in as a CASA.  Fifteen of the hours are in class and the remainder are spent reading the manual prior to each class and courtroom observation.  The next class is scheduled to begin mid-May.  It will meet for three hours, one time per week for five weeks.  For more information about the class or about CASA in general, contact the director at 812-639-0143.