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Comissioners Updated on CASA of Marshall County

July 21, 2014
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CASA_logoHaley Kittrell has been the director of CASA of Marshall County for a complete year now. Monday morning she appeared before the County Commissioners to give them a brief update on the organization. She said, “I continue to be amazed and grateful to our county for the continued support of our program and volunteers.”
In 2013, CASA of Marshall County served 87 children although there were over 100 CHINS (Children in Need of Services) cases in the county. Kittrell noted that at the end of 2013 she had 40 volunteers and so far this year two new volunteers were sworn in utilizing the new “flex learning” course through the national CASA training curriculum.
Thanks to the continued match for the state grant each year at 85% and the 15% in-kind contribution for building space, utilities and a landline phone, CASA of Marshall County received over $2,000 in additional funds. That money was used to purchase an online “cloud” tracking software that can be accessed anywhere. This allows Kittrell to access case files at any time when working with volunteers or service providers. It also gives them a back-up should anything happen to the program’s hard files.
The county’s CASA director said, “We are fortunate to not have a waiting list of children who they are unable to serve, like most other counties in Indiana do.” She noted that Guardian ad Litem, Mark Morrison did a phenomenal job ensuring the children’s rights are maintained throughout the court process.
Kittrell said she is preparing to begin another training class, beginning in September and running through October. It’s anticipated the new volunteers would be sworn in the early part of November.
CASA of Marshall County was the first program in the state to pass the self-assessments which are required every four years. Kittrell noted, “All of our program policies, procedures and bi-laws exceeded the minimum qualifications.” Passing the self-assessment is vital to certification through National CASA.
She concluded her presentation by saying, “CASA of Marshall County’s policies and procedures are being used by the state as models for other programs.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact CASA of Marshall County at 935-8723 of haleyk@co.marshall.in.us.

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