The holiday season is seen as a time of joy and hope—one where families grow tighter and appreciate the time spent together. Unfortunately, many children do not have this support or consistency. Instead, they are in foster care because their home is unsafe due to abuse or neglect. These children have not only been through trauma, but they are also forced into completely new situations because their families are unable or unwilling to take care of them.
In this chaos, one bedrock is Monroe County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a volunteer-powered program that provides these children representation in juvenile court. Per their website, CASA
recruits, screens, trains, and supervises adult community members who volunteer their time to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), with full legal authority set forth by the State of Indiana.
CASAs provide advocacy to child victims to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.
When we started Inkblot, one goal was to give back to our amazing community. Now that we’re closing out our first year, we’re finally able to do just that. This year we have chosen to give back to CASA. They do such important work in our community, and we’re honored to be able to donate to their cause.
If you find yourself in the position to give this holiday season, consider CASA or the many other worthy organizations in your community.