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Lawmakers pushed for more CASA support

Posted at 5:19 PM, Mar 07, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Advocates for some of Indiana's neediest children are sending a message to lawmakers.

They want the General Assembly to understand how important it is for every child in the welfare system to have a court-appointed special advocate.

"If you can imagine a child going through the child welfare system after having been abused or neglected, and having no one to speak on their behalf alone, so CASAs are people from the community who will do that," said Cindy Booth, executive director of Child Advocates.

The organization is looking for more volunteers to serve as court-appointed special advocates. Booth says independence and a willingness to speak up for children is key to the role.

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