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Are you asking the right questions? Intimate Partner Violence and Pet Abuse

In civil protection order cases or criminal family violence cases, judges and court staff naturally focus on determining appropriate remedies and consequences for the humans involved. They are always the named parties, victims, witnesses, or protected persons. However, it is likely that if the family home is violent, and if companion animals live in that home, the humans are not the only victims. Child abuse, elder abuse, intimate partner abuse, and pet abuse all intersect under the same roof and within the same walls.

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Credit: http://indianacourts.us/times/2016/12/are-you-asking-the-right-questions-intimate-partner-violence-and-pet-abuse/
CASA Children in Need of Services

Cass County Child Advocates has a goal of building our volunteer base to at least 25 volunteers.



25 Volunteers would allow us to serve almost 70% of the children assigned to our program



Children with CASA volunteers are also less likely to have multiple placements, which allows that child a stable household while they are not with their parents.

Foster Child Outcomes Graph

21.2% of children in Cass County live in poverty, which matches the state average.


10.4% of Children in Cass county don't have health coverage, which can lead to health issues, and neglect of care from parents.


Over 30% of the children assigned to our program are reunified with their parents.




CASA volunteers make a measurable difference in these children's life, 

but there is more than one way to give these children what they need.

CASA Day Indiana 2016

CASA Strong

Leaders, volunteers turn out for CASA Day at the State House

A sea of about 350 volunteers in matching blue shirts filled the North Atrium of the State House on March 7, for CASA Day, an annual rally that connects CASA volunteers with lawmakers.Governor Mike Pence and Chief Justice Loretta Rush made remarks to an impassioned crowd, and thanked the volunteers for their work on behalf of abused and neglected children.CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children whose families are involved with the child welfare system.There are 3,470 CASA volunteers in 78 Indiana counties advocating on behalf of 23,524 children. The volunteers thanked lawmakers for the recent funding increase for GAL/CASA programs and shared information about how the programs are working to recruit more volunteers.

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Credit: http://indianacourts.us/times/2016/04/casa-strong/