Child neglect is defined as a type of abuse where people can lose custody of their children because they can’t provide the necessary care. Zoey Meisberger’s parents couldn’t care for her because of their addiction.

In 2015, there were 17,491 Children In Need of Services, or CHINS, cases filed in Indiana. This is a nearly 23 percent increase over the previous year and a 97 percent increase over the past 10 years.

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Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, in Tippecanoe County are learning to identify youths who are at-risk of becoming human trafficking victims. They’re also learning how to talk about the issue when red flags appear.

County CASA Executive Director Coleen Connor says human trafficking may not yet be a significant problem, locally. But she wants to prepare the volunteers for what’s likely to come in the future.

CASA Seeks Additional $2.1 Million In Annual Funding

Mar 9, 2015
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Hundreds of volunteers gathered at the Statehouse Monday to rally for increased funding for the state’s Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, program.

The program assigns volunteers to abused and neglected children who need a voice in the courtroom. More than 4,000 children in Indiana are waiting for CASA volunteers.

Adrienne Reed works with CASAs in Marion County and says there need to be twice as many volunteers to meet demand.