Volunteer Information

  1. Local CASA History
  2. Fact Sheet
  3. Volunteer Job Description
  4. How to Become a Volunteer
  5. Hear from local CASAS and Foster Youth

History of the Local Program

A dedicated group of people realized that a child who has been abused or neglected, or requires special treatment that can not or will not be provided without court intervention, needs someone to advocate for their rights and look out for their best interest. From this realization, the group worked with Judge Margaret Hand for over a year to lay plans for a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) project that would serve Tippecanoe County.  

In 1985, there were 8 wardship cases in Tippecanoe County in which an attorney Guardian Ad Litem was appointed. A grant from the Gannett Foundation in September of 1986 and the work of a volunteer coordinator produced five volunteers who were trained in Indianapolis to work with attorneys. County funding began in January 1987; that provided for a part-time coordinator. The following volunteer training resulted 20 volunteers being sworn in on July 22, 1987. By August of 1990, the program had a new name, Tippecanoe CASA, and had 61 cases assigned to a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate. 

It shouldn't hurt to be a child, yet each year in Tippecanoe County, over 500 abused and neglected children are thrust into the juvenile court system. The court must decide the fate of these children. The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained citizen appointed by a judge, who can help assure that placement and services are truly in the best interest of the child.