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Tippecanoe County's CASA for children reaches a milestone

The Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in Tippecanoe County have a lot to celebrate. As they ring in the new year they are reflecting on a new milestone that's impacting children's lives.

Posted: Jan 2, 2020 8:58 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—For first time in Tippecanoe County the wait list for children in need of an advocate is the lowest it's ever been.

"We're really encouraged by this,” said Executive Director Coleen Connor.

She said this was accomplished thanks to the help of dozens of volunteers.

"Those individuals that step forward have a heart for children,” said Connor. “They want to make a difference and this is probably the largest way that you can make an impact in your community."

In 2019 Tippecanoe County CASA advoacates served over 500 children. Over 75 children were still on the wait list. As of Thursday that number has fallen to 6.

"We want to be able to build assets for these children they are traumatized and we want to be able to create an environment where they can move on and be successful in life,” said Connor.

Jennifer Thompson is new to being a CASA volunteer. She said the best part is connecting with the children she advocates for.

"It's been wonderful,” said Thompson. “The best part is meeting the kids that I am advocating for and being able to represent their best wishes."

Thompson's goal is to be a voice for children who may not have one.

"I hope that I can make sure that the kids I advocate for, that their best interests are represented and that they're having all of their needs met,” said Thompson.

Connor said that while the organization is breaking barriers and enriching lives, their work doesn't stop here.

"My dream would be to at zero,” said Connor. “And to have CASAs waiting for children versus children waiting for CASAs.”

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