WASHINGTON, Ind. — Knox County Casa was awarded a 2019 Victim of Crimes Act grant by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute in the amount of $191,950.00.
According to Denise Swink, director of the Knox County CASA program, the VOCA grant is aimed at assisting victims of crime.
The grant will be used to assist child victims of abuse and neglect in Knox County by providing staff positions to recruit, train and supervise volunteers to advocate for children involved in the child welfare system.
“Every child needs someone to help them understand the court process and make recommendations to the court on their behalf,” said Swink.
Swink is hopeful that the grant funds awarded will eliminate the waiting list for an advocate or at least reduce the waiting list by 70%.