Being involved in a court case can be very intimidating for a child. The presence of the Court and Child Advocacy Group is essential in creating an environment that eases the stress for children going through difficult times. Their efforts were recently recognized by Indiana Grand Racing & Casino with a $5,000 donation to their organization.
“They are a volunteer-based program and they speak for children in court who have been victims of abuse and neglect,” said Lindsay Fish, director of sales and business development. “They give children a place to communicate their needs and their service is so important in our community. We are thankful for their commitment to these kids and glad we can assist with their mission.”
The Court and Child Advocacy Group is part of the Rush and Shelby County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a not for profit organization. Their mission is to ensure all children thrive in a safe and secure home. Kelly Smith-Ford serves as the executive director of the local chapter and was recently presented with a check from Indiana Grand, represented by Mike Rich, senior vice president and general manager, Fish, and Elena Lisle, vice president of marketing.
“We plan to put $1,000 back for mattresses for the kids we work with,” said Smith-Ford. “The other $4,000 will be used to buy the book ‘Do You Have a Secret’ as well as ‘Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention.’ Thank you so much to Indiana Grand for believing in our mission. We appreciate the community support.”
To become a volunteer or to donate to The Court and Child Advocacy Group located in Rush and Shelby County, go to the CASA website at www.childadvocates.net or contact the local office at (317) 392-1212.