Howard County Courthouse
CASA Program of Howard County, Inc.
104 N. Buckeye, Room 100
Kokomo, IN 46901
Program Director, Katina Silver
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To report child abuse, neglect in the State of Indiana, call 1-800-800-5556
General Contact Info
Howard County Admin. Center
220 N Main
Kokomo, IN 46901
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What kind of training do CASA volunteers receive?
- Offered several times each year, our interactive training provides 32 hours of instructor-based training to prepare and empower individuals who are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer.
What do children gain from having a CASA volunteer?
- CASA volunteers are a source of hope and support for child victims as they wait for the courts to decide where they may safely live. Advocates help children access the services they need to heal from their abuse. Information gathered by CASA volunteers for the judge helps expedite the court process and provide better outcomes for children under the court's protection. A CASA can make an immediate and critical impact on the life of a child.
What is the time commitment required?
- On average, CASA volunteers spend about 8-10 hours a month on each case. This time includes home visits, phone calls, team meetings, court hearings, emails and report writing. CASA of Howard County requests that a volunteer stay with their child through the entire court process or life of their case.
Are CASA volunteers really important to the court and child welfare process?
- Yes! Judges depend on CASA volunteers to help keep them better informed about each child's case. Typically a CASA volunteer only has 1-3 children assigned to them, so they are able to provide detail and a clear picture of what is happening in a child's life.
Is it dangerous?
- Our CASA volunteer's safety is of the utmost importance! Over the past 20 years there have been no incidents where a volunteer has been harmed, and the continued safety of our CASA volunteer is a priority. It is never mandatory for a CASA volunteer to enter a house, neighborhood, team meeting (for whatever the reason) if he/she feels uncomfortable. In a situation where the CASA does not feel safe, the supervising advocate will make the necessary arrangements.