Jackson County GAL/CASA

Our Program

Jackson County GAL/CASA is a volunteer-powered program which provides advocacy to child victims of abuse and neglect to ensure that they remain at the fore-front of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. The program is funded through a variety of ever-changing sources. The primary sources of funding are the Jackson County Council and Indiana Supreme Court; additional funding sources include (but are not limited to) grants, private donations, private foundations, fundraisers, etc.

 

What is a GAL?

A Guardian ad litem is an attorney or a volunteer who is appointed by the court to represent the best interest of the child. A GAL who is not an attorney must complete the same court approved training that is required for a court appointed special advocate.

 

What is a CASA?

A Court Appointed Special Advocate is a volunteer for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary work to help children. CASA volunteers advocate for the child’s best interest and help them have a safe and permanent home as soon as possible. CASA volunteers are carefully trained, appointed by the court and supported by professional program staff. CASA programs mobilize, train and empower volunteers who make a difference by being there for a child in a very confusing and traumatic time. CASA volunteers help judges make more informed decisions about what is best for a child’s future.

 

Becoming a CASA volunteer

Every day, there are hundreds of abused and neglected Hoosier children who go to court alone or who have no one to speak up for them and to tell the court what they need while they are in foster care. Do you have what it takes to be a CASA volunteer? It’s a challenging but fulfilling role that will positively change a child’s life. . .and yours as well.

 

Mission Statement

Child Care Network, Inc.’s mission of “Improving the Lives of Children” includes being a child’s voice in court and helping to ensure the abused and neglected children of Jackson County live in a safe, permanent home as soon as possible.

 

If you are interested in becoming a GAL/CASA volunteer? Please contact us by calling 812-569-2598 or download the New Volunteer Application Packet, fill it out and e-mail back to us or fill it out and send it via U.S. mail to: Jackson County GAL/CASA Program, P.O. Box 346, Seymour, IN 47274

Kids Klub

Kid Klub is located in all Seymour Community Schools elementary buildings (Brown, Cortland, Emerson, Jackson, Redding) and Immanuel Lutheran School. Our before and after school programs are designed to be fun and safe environments for children while providing the time to do homework do crafts and play along with many other activities. Hours vary per school.

 

For more information on Kids Klub contact us at 812-569-4411

 

AM Program: Provides services from 6:00 a.m. until the children are dismissed to class or breakfast.

 

PM Program: Provides services from the time school is dismissed until 6:00 p.m. Each child will be served an afternoon snack.

 

Hours & Locations

 

Brown School 812-498-2515

 

A.M.- 6:00-8:00                 P.M.- 3:00-6:00

 

Emerson School 812-498-1037

 

A.M.- 6:00-8:00                 P.M.- 3:00-6:00

 

Jackson School 812-522-5709 ext 2424

 

A.M.- 6:00-8:00                 P.M.- 3:00-6:00

 

Cortland School 812-522-6164 ext 213

 

A.M. - 6:00–8:00                P.M. - 3:00-6:00

 

Immanuel Lutheran School 812-498-0851

 

A.M.- 6:00-8:00                 P.M.- 3:00-6:00

 

Redding School 812-522-5621 ext 2300

 

A.M.- 6:00-8:00                 P.M.- 3:00-6:00

 

 

 

 

To download pdfs of paper forms for you to fill out and mail to us, please see the column on the right.

Kids Fest

Kids Fest, initiated in 1998, has evolved into a local tradition coordinated by Child Care Network, Inc.  The annual event’s purpose is to gather a crowd of families with young children, to inform and link parents/guardians/custodians to children’s services-programs-activities in the area and to enhance the well-being and lives of Jackson County’s children.

 

Kids Fest occurs on the 4th Saturday in April in and around the Seymour High School Gymnasium.

 

For more information on Kids Fest or if you are interested in supporting Kids Fest please contact our Executive Director at 812-524-2585