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CASA given green light in Spencer Co.

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The National Child Advocacy Program, CASA, has just been given the green light in Spencer County, giving each child in the court system a stronger voice through more personal representation. 

CASA stands for court appointed special advocates, and on Monday, 14 News spoke to the program's interim director Monica Freimiller about Spencer County's interest in the program.

Freimiller says CASA will assign an advocate to each child who comes through the county's court system. Freimiller says every advocate is a volunteer, and that the advocate's job is to build a rapport with a child, to better understand the child's wants and needs.

Freimiller says CASA has been in existence for decades in Vanderburgh County and that Spencer County has recognized the benefit of the program.

"They do use attorney guardian ad litem now. Some of them have schedules that allow them to go to family team meetings and go into the homes to see the children, but not all of them. So, the judge is just seeking a more involved, more hands-on bird's eye view of the situation for the children," Freimiller says.

Freimiller says they will have an informative meeting on Monday night about CASA at the Dale Town Hall at 6:00 p.m.

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