Children removed from their homes for abuse or neglect in Hancock County, Indiana

children currently being served in Hancock County, Indiana

children currently in need of a CASA in Hancock County, Indiana

Hancock County CASA Volunteers as of today

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, families have been under more financial and emotional stress, which historically, can fuel a rise in cases of child abuse and neglect. At the same time, children are not in the public eye at schools or daycare, the doctor’s office or other locations where caring individuals may be able to spot signs of abuse and neglect.

 During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Hancock County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) reminds everyone to keep eyes on children during these challenging times.

Since the pandemic, Hancock County CASA volunteers have remained committed to providing best-interest advocacy for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

In 2020, over 204 children in Hancock County were removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, ushering them into the dependency of court and foster care systems. A child in in foster care may have faced physical, psychological and/or emotional trauma only to endure long periods of uncertainty in the system as they wait to go home, be adopted or simply wait to see what happens next. On average, a child in foster care will move into multiple homes and attend multiple schools. All this chaos and inconsistency has long-term effects. But having a caring, consistent adult-  a CASA- someone who listens, checks in and puts the child’s best interests before all others’-can make all the difference.

Please consider becoming a CASA in Hancock County. Currently, there is a waiting list for children needing a CASA. These children have no voice as they pass through the court system. They have no one to stand up for them. Please consider the power of Changing a Child’s Story. Please consider becoming a CASA.

 Thanks,
Marciann McClarnon Miller, Director
Hancock County CASA

What is CASA?

We are the Hancock County, Indiana branch of CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. We support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive.

Why Should I Help?

Who needs CASA? Children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect needs a CASA. Through no fault of their own, many children get caught up in the legal system. This is where CASA steps in.

A CASA volunteer speaks up for these children in court and works for the best interests of abused and neglected children by looking over a child’s case and making recommendations to the Judge. CASA volunteers also help children move into safe, permanent homes.

Supporting Our Mission

Your generous support will help us to recruit and train more volunteers to meet the growing demand of our services in Hancock County, Indiana.

Hancock County Indiana CASA

(317)477-1304

Marciann McClarnon Miller

mmiller@hancockcoingov.org

Located At

98 E North Street, Greenfield, Indiana