01 Mar
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Brain Development and Child Abuse

Volunteer Options 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 child (e.g., [...]
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28 Feb
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Opioid Addiction and Death

In Delaware County, more than 400 children have been placed in foster care because of their parents' addiction.  As a result of this crisis we need 200 more volunteers to be Court Advocates or Child Home and School Visitors.  Find out more by going to https://delawarecountycasa.org/opioid-addiction/ Opioid Addiction and Death on the Rise According to the [...]
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23 Feb
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Arnie’s CASA*

Arnie knows about CASA and the difference one advocate can make. When Arnie was born, the doctor and nurses told DCS that Arnie was full of heroin. DCS took Arnie to live with nice strangers, Mom and Dad Morris. Mom and Dad Morris had three other children. They gave Arnie a lot of love and attention [...]
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08 Feb
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Ensuring Better Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth

Why Education Matters to Children in Foster Care In general, children in foster care have more physical, academic, and behavioral problems than their peers.  Before children are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, they may already be behind academically and socially because of the chaotic nature of their lives.  After they are […]

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05 Jan
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Safe Sleep for Babies

The ABC’S of Safe Sleep: Alone – Sleep Alone: Put babies to sleep alone with no other adult or child sharing the sleep surface Back – On their Backs with no blankets or bedding Babies should sleep on their backs in a crib or on another firm surface. The surface should be clear of all objects except for a […]

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25 Jul
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What Traumatized Children Need Most

Child Advocates come in contact with childhood trauma as they get to know and support each child in their case.  Knowing more about childhood trauma enables us to spot the symptoms of trauma that foster parents, teachers, or health professionals may miss.  Trauma does not end just because children are placed with a caring foster [...]
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31 Mar
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Frankie, Facility Dog

Frankie, is CASA's Facility Dog.  Facility Dogs's are different than therapy dogs. 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 a volunteer or professional who is trained by a program. The work of [...]
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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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