On Sunday, May 19, Allen County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers and family members attended CASA Day at the Zoo. The group of 230 wore bright green “Wild about CASA” t-shirts. They assembled in the Twiga Pavilion 11:00 am – 1:00 pm for a buffet lunch.

Allen County CASA advocates for the best interests of more than 400 abused and neglected children in Allen County. According to Nancy Springer, Director, “Our team of more than 100 volunteers provides a voice for children involved in child abuse and neglect cases. They advocate for the best interests of these children who might not otherwise have a voice. They make recommendations to the court regarding placement of children and services to assist both children and parents. These individuals have a heart for children in our community and want to make sure that abused and neglected children do not get lost in the court system. ‘CASA Day at the Zoo’ is an opportunity for us to thank and celebrate them!”

This event is sponsored by the Allen County CASA Coalition, a not-for-profit that focuses its efforts toward recruitment, training, and supporting volunteers. Allen County CASA is affiliated with the Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA, which is part of the Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration. Allen County CASA is certified by the State Office and complies with the Indiana Supreme Court Program Standards and Code of Ethics for GAL/CASA programs. Allen County CASA is also a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association.

Anyone interested in becoming an advocate for children should contact Nancy Springer, Director, at 260-449-7190

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