CASA volunteer staff grows by 8

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Among those sworn in as CASA volunteers by judges last week were (Back, L to R) Judge Jerry Leach, Jane Jansky, Iris Ordoñes, Erica Kingman, Denise Lank, and Judge John D. Potter. (Front, L to R) Director of Crossraods CASA Katie Hall, Tiffany Hughes, Nancy Miiller, Angie Haun and Abbie Walstra.

JASPER COUNTY — On June 1, 2021, the Honorable John Potter and Honorable Jeryl Leach swore in eight volunteers as Crossroads CASA advocates — court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children.

Family and friends gathered at the Sandy Pines Pavilion in DeMotte to watch the volunteers take an oath promising to advocate for the best interest of the child.

The newly appointed CASA volunteers join thirty-two other dedicated community members who have been trained and are advocating for foster children in Jasper, Newton and Benton County’s court systems.

As officers of the court, they ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.

“Our volunteers pledge to advocate for the child until the case is closed, and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home,” said Katie Hall, Director of the Crossroads CASA. “The advocate is a vital part of the child’s life during as they deal with the past trauma of abuse and neglect.

“We have advocated for 86 children in 2021 within Jasper, Newton, and Benton counties. We had a total of 183 cases of child abuse and neglect in Jasper, Newton, and Benton County in 2020.”

There are no prerequisites for becoming a CASA volunteer other than being at least 21 years of age, clearing an extensive background screening and successfully completing 30 hours of training.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer and the rewards that come along with serving as the voice of a child, please contact Crossroads CASA at (219) 866-0843 or The Crossroads CASA is a member of the Indiana State CASA/GAL Network and the National CASA/GAL Association.

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