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Child Advocate Program Open House Coming Up May 15

Posted On May 13, 2014

Press release from Dearborn-Ohio County Child Advocate Program

dearborn-ohio-county-child-advocates-logo(Dillsboro, Ind.) – The Dearborn-Ohio County Child Advocate Program will be hosting an Open House at the organization’s new Training and Resource Center in Dillsboro.

The program advocates for neglected and abused children in court in Dearborn & Ohio counties.  State law requires an attorney guardian ad litem or a trained volunteer on every CHINS (child in need of services) and termination of parental rights case.  Attorneys are paid while volunteers donate their time and talents.  Thanks to these trained volunteers, the State of Indiana saved an estimated 21.5 million in 2013.

The new center will be used to train volunteers to speak for these children.  The center will also house a “remote” office and volunteer monthly meetings will be held in the training room.

The space was donated to DOCCA by the Dillsboro Food Pantry and equipment purchased for the center was funded by a generous grant from the Ross Foundation and a donation from Emanuel Lutheran Church in Greendale.

Director Katrina McIntosh is very grateful for the new facility.  “We finally have a space we can call our own.  Our main office will continue to be in Lawrenceburg at the Juvenile Center but this will be a space where we can meet with volunteers that work during the day.  Before this space was donated, we had to secure space for trainings and meetings wherever we could.  We deeply appreciate the donation of space and the grants for the equipment.  It will definitely help us in serving the children of Dearborn & Ohio counties.”

All are welcome to the Open House on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to learn more. The training center is located at 12804 North Street in Dillsboro, next to the Food Pantry and across from Janet’s Diner.

FROM THE INDIANA GAL/CASA WEBSITE:

* Certified GAL/CASA volunteer programs in 78 of our 92 counties were managed 140 full-time and 103 part-time personnel in 2013.

* 3,450 active volunteers advocated for children involved in 16,374 CHINS cases, and 1,362 termination of parental rights cases.

* 917 new volunteers were trained in 2013.

* Volunteers were involved in 8,172 CHINS cases that were eventually closed.

* GAL/CASA volunteers contributed 431,451 hours of work, and made 220,408 contacts with the children they served, saving the State of Indiana over  $21.5 million in 2013 alone.

* At the end of 2013, 2,987 children were waiting for the assignment of a  GAL/CASA volunteer.