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Politicians learn about CASA through forum, tour

A forum on Wednesday night gave elected officials the opportunity to learn more about the challenges local children and their advocates face.

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 11:29 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Elected leaders are learning more about CASA through a community forum. The event happened Wednesday night.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The agency deals with children who have been abused and neglected.

The forum gave elected officials the opportunity to learn more about the challenges local children and their advocates are facing.

CASA Director Glenna Cheesman says, "We, last year, served over a thousand children and we're already at the halfway mark already this year so the numbers are continuing to climb and that means more children in our area are needing assistance and needing help."

She adds all the work is being done by fewer than ninety volunteers.

On the tour of the office, advocates explained the need for more space and issues with technology causing case delays.

CASA advocates say it is crucial the people representing children and their families in government understand the impact these issues have on a child's health and happiness.

Elected leaders in attendance agree and say they want to continue learning so they can make good decisions for constituents.

CASA advocates say another big need is more funding and the politicians are offering help.

Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt says, "We (prosecutor's office) have a grant, youth crime prevention grant, that I will pledge $5,000 to CASA out of. Hopefully that could help meet some of these immediate needs."

CASA Advocates say they want the discussion to continue.

Cheesman says, "I hope that they learn and understand what CASA is and why it's an important necessity in the community and can go back when legislative period comes back in and help us get more money for the program, for the state."

To learn more about CASA, click here.

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