TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Tippecanoe County CASA program is being awarded a federal grant of more than $450,000
The grant is given out by the Victims of Crimes Act. The money will go towards helping young children who are wrapped up in the court system.
Specifically, CASA will be using this money to address their growing need of additional legal representation. They want to hire a staff lawyer to handle courtroom proceedings, while volunteers focus on children's needs.
Executive Director Coleen Connor said before now they would contract independent attorneys to work with them.
"Within the last year or so, over two years now, we've decided that the need was there to have a staff attorney that was available to our staff and someone we had access to on a more regular basis," she said.
Connor said this additional help will ensure an attorney is present at each hearing, especially if they're happening in separate court rooms.
CASA will be receiving the grant this October which will last until 2022