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    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
    Get Your Copy of Nessy’s New Home

    Get Your Copy of Nessy’s New Home

    Hot off the press! We have a great children’s book for sale authored by Marcy Cook. “Nessy’s New Home” is available for sale in our office and a portion of the sales benefit Monroe County CASA. From the book, “Look inside to discover how Nessy the bird and her brothers enter the foster care system and are placed in a new nest! Rhyming text and beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations make this an ideal book for parents and young children to share. Marcy Cook has been dedicated to inspiring individuals to know and understand their value in the ways of Christ for the past twelve years. She has mentored one-on-one with youth, teens and adults. Recently, when she and her husband attended foster parenting classes to adopt a child, she realized that there are very few children’s books that focused on the transitional stages of foster care. Thus, she is embarking on a new endeavor to help kids all around the world feel valued and cared for as they encounter physical and emotional adjustments during foster care and/or adoption.” Contact us at gro.a1503365576sacyt1503365576nuoce1503365576ornom1503365576@ofni1503365576 or 812-333-2272 for your... read more
    CASA Helps Deliver Puppy Love Valentines to County Employees

    CASA Helps Deliver Puppy Love Valentines to County Employees

    100 Puppy Love Valentines were delivered to Monroe County Judges and staff, the County Clerk, the Court Administrator, the City of Bloomington Mayors Office, the Probation Department, the Public Defenders Office, the County Commissioners office and to the staff at the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County. Check out this video of the Puppy Love Valentine delivery sponsored by a wonderful supporter of both @ICANdogs and Monroe County CASA!... read more
    50 Men Who Care Choose CASA as Their 4th Quarter Gift Recipient

    50 Men Who Care Choose CASA as Their 4th Quarter Gift Recipient

    Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates would like to thank Ed Ryan and the 50 Men Who Care for selecting Monroe County CASA as their 4th quarter gift recipient.This wonderful investment from the 50 Men Who Care will help Monroe …County CASA give more children a fighting chance for a safe, happier life. It will enable CASA to recruit and retain more volunteers so that every child in foster care has a CASA volunteer by their side on their journey to a safe and permanent home. It will provide high quality child advocacy training for CASA volunteers and staff, ensure that we are as efficient, effective and successful as possible in our work and communications, as well as, enable us to advocate for public policy changes.So with much gratitude we offer thanks to each and every member of the 50 Men Who Care. — at Hilliard... read more
    Smithville Communications, Inc. makes CASA kids holiday brighter

    Smithville Communications, Inc. makes CASA kids holiday brighter

    12 CASA children are having a very special holiday season this year thanks to the generosity of Smithville Communications, Inc. employees. Many thanks to the Smithville Spirit Team for coordinating this amazing effort! They even wrapped the presents! Two of our CASAs – Paul and Verna – were able to load up their cars and deliver these gifts to their very surprised and thankful... read more