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    Join Us for Coffee with CASA!

    Join us for Coffee with CASA on April 19th any time between 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the Monroe County CASA office (201 N. Morton).  Monroe County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides advocacy for children that are involved in abuse or neglect cases in the Monroe County court system.  If you’ve ever considered becoming a CASA, now is the time! More than 100 children in our community are waiting for an advocate.  Join us over coffee and bagels to ask questions, talk to current CASA volunteers and learn more about what it’s like to advocate for a child.  For more information call 812-333-CASA or email Amber... read more

    2017 Statistics – As of 3/31/17

    Number of children who had a CASA – 357 Number of children waiting for a CASA – 125 Total children assigned to the CASA program this year – 544 Number of volunteers – 116 read more

    Go Online Shopping and Support CASA

    Monroe County CASA has an AmazonSmile page which can be found here.  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Monroe County CASA. If you do a lot of shopping on Amazon, please remember to go to our Amazon Smile page first! To learn more about AmazonSmile, click... read more

    Support CASA Every Time You Shop at Kroger

    Bloomington Kroger has partnered with Monroe County CASA so that you can help donate every time you shop! All you need to do is set up your Kroger card online (if you haven’t already), which will allow you access to great coupons and offers. To register, click  here.  Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy. Click SIGN UP TODAY in the New Customer box. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions. You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email. Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step. Once you have an online account set up and you are logged in, just click on “Community” at the top, then “Community Rewards” and follow the prompts to enter in the required information. When asked to either enter CASA’s number of part of the name, you can enter 55077 for our number. That’s it! Kroger will now donate a portion of your shopping to CASA. If you have any questions about registration, e-mail... read more
    Safe Home, Safe Kids 2016 Quilt Tickets Now Available

    Safe Home, Safe Kids 2016 Quilt Tickets Now Available

    Monroe County CASA is pleased to announce the third annual “Safe Homes, Safe Kids” quilt raffle.  Tickets are now available, but the quilt, made by Pat Surra, will be raffled off at the Fourth Street Arts Festival on September 4th 2016. The quilt design was created by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and then the design was modified by Surra.  The quilt is titled “Homestead” and features houses made of different fabrics in different colors that represent the uniqueness of families in real homes in a community.  “To me, quilts are more than a lot of pieces of fabric sewn together.  They are kind of like life – a lot of very different pieces put together in the right way can become something beautiful,” Surra said after completing this quilt for CASA.  Surra hopes this quilt will raise awareness and much needed funds for CASA. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20.  Tickets can be purchased at Bloomington Hardware, the Monroe County CASA office or by calling 812-333-CASA. *event exempt on file                                                                                                        ... read more
    Monroe County CASA Receives Quarterly Award from 100+ Women Who Care

    Monroe County CASA Receives Quarterly Award from 100+ Women Who Care

    Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is delighted to announce donations totaling $18,000 from the Monroe County 100+ Women Who Care group. At their February 2016 meeting, the 100+ Women Who Care group selected CASA as the recipient for their quarterly award.  CASA will also receive a $10,000 match from other community donors.  To date, the 100+ Women Who Care group has contributed nearly $450,000 to different not-for-profits in Monroe County since the group was founded in November 2011. Monroe County CASA is a volunteer-powered program which provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.  The program recruits, screens, trains, and supervises adult community members who volunteer their time to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), with full legal authority set forth by the State of Indiana.  CASAs provide advocacy to child victims to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.  For more information about Monroe County CASA, visit monroecountycasa.org or call 812-333-CASA. 100+ Women Who Care is open to all women who want to make a difference in Monroe County, and who agree to contribute $100 at each quarterly meeting.  Each member also makes an annual commitment donation of $100 to the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, for a total annual commitment of $500. Women aged 35 and younger are invited to join at a reduced donation level – $50 annually to the CFBMC and $50 each quarter to the agency chosen at the group meeting, for a total annual commitment of $250.... read more
    CASA Announces Safe Homes, Safe Kids Quilt Fundraiser

    CASA Announces Safe Homes, Safe Kids Quilt Fundraiser

    Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2015 2:00 am Special to the H-T | 0 comments A handmade quilt will be raffled to benefit Monroe County CASA. “Quilts represent comfort and warmth and security to me. It just seemed so appropriate for the CASA cause.” says master quilter, Pat Surra. The quilt was handmade locally by Surra, an expert quilter, from a pattern by designer Judy Martin entitled “Kentucky Log Cabin.” It is sized to fit a queen or king bed, is made entirely from cotton and is machine-washable. “Whenever I complete a project like this, I have very mixed emotions. The quilt becomes a message, especially when I make it for a specific person or group. To me quilts are more than a lot of pieces of fabric sewn together. They are kind of like life — a lot of very different pieces put together in the right way can become something beautiful. Anyway, this quilt is definitely made up of a lot of different pieces. I estimate that there are between 75 and 100 different fabrics in this beauty.” Kristin Bishay, CASA Director says, “We absolutely loved the design Pat created last year and are thrilled that she agreed to create and donate another amazing work of art. Thanks to Pat we earned much needed funds and raised awareness of our mission.” The sale of raffle tickets is underway, and the winning ticket will be drawn Sept. 6. The winner does not need to be present to win. CASA will be selling raffle tickets in the Boomerang Hair Salon parking lot next to the B-Line trail at Seventh Street... read more
    VIDEO: Comfort dogs will join children at witness stand in Monroe County

    VIDEO: Comfort dogs will join children at witness stand in Monroe County

    RTV6 (WRTV – Indianapolis) did a nice story about our CASA facility dog initiative. We have applied for a facility dog with the Indiana Canine Assistance Network – ICAN and have our first interview on July 2nd. We are thrilled to have such great community support already. Although the process of matching a canine partner to our needs here in Monroe County can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years we are in the process of securing community partners for the veterinary care, a quality food source and supplies for our future canine co-worker. If you are interested in joining our CASA dog team please contact Kelli Shannon at our office at 812-333-2272. ‪#‎iamforthechild‬ ‪#‎healingdogs‬ ‪#‎courthousedogs‬ Here is the link to the video:  http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/video-comfort-dogs-will-join-children-at-witness-stand-in-monroe-county?autoplay=true... read more
    Monroe County CASA to Add New Member to Team

    Monroe County CASA to Add New Member to Team

    Without Tony, a 7-year-old child in Porter County might not have had the courage to testify against an older child accused of molesting her. Without Tony, anxiety might have kept a woman from testifying against the man she accused of multiple incidents of domestic violence — testimony that sent her abuser to prison. “I don’t know if we would have gotten her through the deposition (without him),” said Cheryl Polarek, a deputy prosecuting attorney with Porter County. “Once he was there with her, she really relied on him.” Tony isn’t a counselor or a lawyer, but he has become an important member of the Porter County criminal justice team. Tony is a “courthouse dog,” a trained facility animal that provides comfort and support for victims and employees dealing with the difficulties of the court system. Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is in the process of bringing a similar program to the local justice system. “He has completely reformed what we’re trying to do here,” said Polarek, who is also Tony’s primary handler. “We’ve gotten some kids to open up to him that wouldn’t to the adults.” Not a new idea Courts in the United States have used facility animals during child witness and victim depositions and testimonies for at least a decade, according to Celeste Walsen, the executive director of the Courthouse Dogs Foundation in Seattle, Washington. Historically, facility dogs have been used in hospitals to support patients in therapy, and in classrooms to assist special needs students. A growing body of scientific research on therapy animals points to the benefits of human and animal interaction to... read more