2015 State Conference

The State CASA Conference will be held September 19, 2015 in Indianapolis. Save the date!  Breakout sessions will give volunteers the opportunity to hear quality presenters from around the country as they address topics that are important to us and the children we serve.  Check back for more detailed information as the date gets closer.

New Class of Volunteers Sworn In

Lee Ginny Tammy Sarah Judan

Dubois County CASA welcomes Lee Begle, Ginny Begle, Tammy Warner, Sarah Gustin and Judah DeLorenzo to our program.  They have completed their initial training and were sworn in by Judge Verkamp on February 2, 2015. They are great additions to our team!

 

CASA Receives $9,000 grant from Jasper Endows Today and Tomorrow

JET grant to CASA 11-26-14           JASPER Endows Today and Tomorrow Presents Grant to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Members of JETT (Jasper Endows Today and Tomorrow), met on November 6, for their second annual Granting Party. Four charities from Dubois County were represented at the evening event: Freedom Reins, Mentors for Youth, Anderson Woods, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Each charity took about 10 minutes to educate the JETT members on their focus, who they serve and, if they receive this year’s grant, how they would use the money. After the presentations, the members of JETT took  time to weigh out the merits and possible outreach of the organizations and then took an anonymous vote. In the end, it was CASA that was awarded a $9,083 grant to be used toward building their brand through billboard advertising as well as to be added to an existing endowment.

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Training for New Volunteers

The next Initial Training for new volunteers is scheduled to begin on January 6, 2015. If you would like more information about joining the class or CASA in general, please contact the director at 812-639-0143.

Blog Post from Author Noah benShea

This past weekend I travelled to Indianapolis, Indiana to give the keynote address to a statewide meeting of 600 CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers. The title of my talk was: “Of All The Things You Can Make In Life, Remember You Make A Difference.” I was well prepared for my presentation, but I was not prepared for the no frills, no nonsense, not just another charity luncheon difference the time with these great people made in my life. (more…)

Endowment

Dubois County CASA now has an additional way for people to contribute to the program. An Endowment has been set up through the Dubois County Foundation. To view information about it or to contribute, please follow the link below.

Dubois County CASA Endowment

Where Families Can Get Help

Local agencies are available to help families before they become part of the system

Crisis Connection
Community Partners – Click on “Programs” at the top of the page and then on “Community Partners”

Any type of Child Abuse or Neglect should immediately be reported to the Department of Child Services at 800-800-5556

Talking with Children

Below you will find links to short videos showing how you might start a relationship with the child you serve. After following the link, click on the video and it should start.

Talking with a 4 year old

Talking with a 10 year old

You can find more videos by clicking on National CASA at the bottom of our Homepage. At the top of the National CASA Page, click on “Advocacy Resources”. Please keep in mind that these videos are done by National CASA and laws and programs vary by state. If anything in the video suggests that you do something contrary to what you have been taught, please check with the Director before proceeding.

Welcome!

Welcome to the Dubois County CASA Blog! Current volunteers as well as those seeking to learn more about CASA in Dubois County will find helpful information here. Check back often for posts containing information about upcoming training opportunities and events. You will also find occasional posts from volunteers sharing their thoughts about the program. Please contact the program Director at adhubler@duboiscountyin.org with feedback concerning our blog.