In 1977, the concept of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program was introduced in Seattle, Washington. Seattle Juvenile Court Judge David W. Soukup realized that children who entered the legal system due to abuse or neglect in their own homes were often inadvertently re-victimized by courts and public social service agencies... More about GAL/CASA »
State Office of GAL/CASA Receives Grant from the National CASA Association
The Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA was recently awarded a $40,000.00 State Organization Grant from the National CASA Association. The funds will be used by the State Office to provide staff support to local certified GAL/CASA programs across the State of Indiana. This will include technical assistance and assisting programs in capacity building in order to increase the number of abused and neglected children served. Although Indiana has one of the largest networks of CASA volunteer programs in the country, there is still a great need for more volunteers in most communities. To find out more about volunteering, call 1-800-542-0813.
The Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA, along with the Division of Child Services, has scheduled a GAL Attorney Training on November 17, 2014 for attorneys serving as GAL in juvenile court. The training will be held at 30 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN. There is no cost for the training, and attendees will receive 5 CLE hours and 1 hour of Ethics. The topics of the training include the identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect, and early child and adolescent development. The training meets the statutory requirements for GAL attorneys serving in juvenile court. This training is currently full. If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist or for more information, please contact Teresa Lyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-542-0813.