Meet our Superstar, Bobbie Ringo! Bobbie is a Northview High School and Indiana State graduate. She graduated from ISU with a degree in Elementary Education and Reading. She has four children, two boys and two girls.
Bobbie has worked as a Reading Coach and is currently teaching 3rd grade in the Clay Community School Corporation. She is involved with the Clay County Youth Food Delivery Program in the summer and various other programs in the community. Bobbie enjoys traveling and reading but spends most of her free time attending the activities of her children
Bobbie has volunteered with the CASA program in the past and has recently returned after taking a year off. She says, "Everyone in the CASA organization is very welcoming and willing to help in any way possible." She enjoys feeling like she can make a difference by being a voice for children who may not have anyone else with the best interest of the children as their first priority. Bobbie would encourage anyone who has a few free hours a month to consider becoming a CASA. She believes there is no better reward than a hug from a child who tells you, "You are my favorite person in the world."
Clay County Indiana
The Court Appointed Special Advocate concept began in Seattle, Washington, during the early 1970's. There is now some version of the program in every state. Indiana has one of the largest networks of CASA Programs in the nation! Of the 92 counties in IN, 78 counties offer a CASA program. The Clay County CASA program was established in 1989.
Local programs train volunteers from their communities to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court, helping to ensure children's needs are met while they are in foster care and that these children have a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.
By law, our program must serve each Clay County child who has been adjudicated a CHINS (Children In Need of Services) by the Clay Circuit Court. These are all physically or sexually abused, neglected, or abandoned children who range in age from birth to 18 years. In addition, CASAs are sometimes appointed in juvenile delinquency, paternity, and custody cases.
The state legislature has provided empowering laws that give these programs the authority to operate. For example, juvenile proceedings are ordinarily closed to public inspection. CASA volunteer advocates are allowed to review any and all records (including medical) that pertain to their child's case.
The Clay County CASA Program is a county-run program that falls under the oversight of Judge Joseph D. Trout. The program is run on funds provided by the county and state, as well as other individual grants. CASA Kids, an account managed by the First Presbyterian Church, is funded solely by donation and provides clothing and other items of need to CASA kids in our area.
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The mission of the Clay County CASA Program is to provide advocacy for the best interests of the children involved in Juvenile Court proceedings, as defined by the laws of the State of IN. We support the development, growth, recruitment, and training of community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates.
History and Background
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