State Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, honored the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association with a resolution in late March for the organization’s work in 72 of Indiana’s 92 counties.

CASA programs work to recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers who advocate for children in legal cases. Volunteers with CASA spend time with children in foster care to figure out what is in the child’s best interest and make recommendations to the courts about the child’s needs.

“CASA volunteers not only do an amazing service for the children in the courts, but they are also role models,” Smith said. “Last year, 4,000 CASA volunteers provided a voice for 26,762 children in child abuse and neglect cases and 2,920 children in termination of parental rights cases.”

To learn more about the program, go online at

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