INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) - It was a sea of red at the Statehouse Monday afternoon as nearly 300 CASA volunteers from around the state gathered for CASA Day.
Court Appointed Special Advocates, also known as CASA volunteers, advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children whose families are involved with the child welfare system.
"Every case that I get and the more involved I get, I realize we have the power to change these lives," Tippecanoe County CASA volunteer Becky Barnes said.
"The rewarding part is working with the children," Tippecanoe County CASA volunteer Willis Smith said. "The down part is sometimes the parents but that's part of it. You have to work with both when you're trying to reunite the family."
"I've been in that court room when you have that CASA who is that voice for the child, just make all the difference in the world," Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush said.
Nearly 50 volunteers from Tippecanoe County participated in CASA Day.
They began their day with a personal tour of the Supreme Court courtroom from Justice Loretta Rush.
Justice Rush worked closely with CASA volunteers during her time serving as a juvenile court judge in Tippecanoe County.
"It's like super bowl for me," Justice Rush said. "I was involved in helping start up the CASA program back in the '80s before there was CASA. I was a CASA guardian myself to over 200 children."
"We're just so proud of Justice Rush," Barnes said. "To know that she's come from Tippecanoe County, and to now be a justice and just knowing that she is going to do just as much good here as she did for the children in Tippecanoe County."
Justice Rush said even though she no longer serves as a juvenile judge in Tippecanoe County, the children and families are still near and dear to her heart, as she continues her career in the Supreme Court chambers at the Statehouse.
Coming up later this week on News 18, Krista Henery sits down with Justice Loretta Rush as she reflects on the first four months as the second woman to ever serve on Indiana's Supreme Court.
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