29 Apr
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Nineteen New Volunteers

Congratulations to each of our newest Court Appointed Special Advocates!  They have successfully completed 30 hours of training to learn how to represent abused and neglected children in court; to understand how each child in their case is doing; what theses children want their life to be like; and how to advise the court what is [...]
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31 Mar
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Questions and Answers About Frankie

As Frankie has been introduced to the Delaware County community, several of you have asked about Frankie's training a—nd his designation as a Facility Dog. What is a Facility Dog? Facility Dog means a dog that is a graduate of an assistance dog organization that is a member of Assistance Dogs International.  Facility Dogs works with [...]
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19 Jan
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Opioid Addiction and Death

Opioid Addiction and Death on the Rise According to the National Safety Council, "60 people die everyday from opioid pain medications. That's 22,000 people every year." The NSC says opioids are being overprescribed and the #1 cause of unintentional death in the United States. Adults have been prescribed opioids by doctors and subsequently become addicted [...]
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14 Jan
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Brain Development and Child Abuse

Brain Development and Child Abuse Just as positive experiences can support healthy brain development, children’s experiences with childhood abuse or neglect can negatively affect brain development.* “This includes changes to the structure and chemical activity of the brain (e.g., decreased size or connectivity in some parts of the brain) and in the emotional and behavioral functioning of the […]

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14 Jan
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Child Sex Trafficking in Indiana

A common misunderstanding is that child sex trafficking happens in foreign countries and only in the largest of urban environments.  The truth is child sex trafficking is a growing problem in Delaware County and throughout Indiana. As the Indy Star Reports, the Indiana State Report on Human Trafficking, issued in December by the state attorney general’s […]

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Child Neglect and Abuse Cases are Increase Statewide
January 12, 2017 Ashley Soldaat

According to Boone County court documents, Alan Godbey got out of his stalled car in the middle of a Zionsville intersection on Saturday. An officer stopped to check it out and found a baby sleeping in the backseat. At the time, the windchill was below zero. The baby was still warm and unharmed. About 10 […]

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12 Jan
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Childhood Trauma

Parenting a child who has experienced trauma is complex and is not easily understood.  Childhood trauma affects how the child interacts and reacts to others, how he experiences emotions, how he regulates himself and adapts. It affects how he remembers, meets his needs, navigates through the stages of development, and comprehends himself in the context […]

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09 Jan
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Psychological Abuse of Children

According to the American Psychological Association, children who are emotionally abused and neglected face similar and sometimes worse mental health problems as children who are physically or sexually abused, yet psychological abuse is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treating victims. “Among the three types of abuse, psychological maltreatment was most strongly associated with […]

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09 Jan
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Helpful Infographic on ACE

One of the ways in which Court Appointed Advocates make a difference is to stay informed and know when to advocate.  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) is common among children who have suffered abuse and neglect.  The effects of ACE can be mitigated by closing the gap between trauma and taking action. Stable, nurturing relationships with caring […]

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30 Dec
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Opioid Epidemic Causes Crisis for Child Advocates and Foster Care

Across the United States, the opioid epidemic isn’t just affecting addicts. It’s hurting their children. Abused and neglected children are going into an increasingly beleaguered Court and foster care system. In Indiana the demand for Court Advocates and foster homes can’t keep up with the numbers of kids needing advocates and placements. Across the United […]

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