Pulaski County residents have the chance to learn how they can help guide abused and neglected kids through the court system. Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn told the county council and commissioners Monday that an open house is planned, to celebrate the county’s newly-independent Court Appointed Special Advocates program. “We’re splitting off and we’re becoming independent as a court program from LaPorte County, and so, she is having an open house on Wednesday from 11:00 to 1:00,” he explained. “We hope that as many of you who can come to that will come to that.”
Up until now, Pulaski County’s CASA program has been managed by Family Advocates, an organization based in LaPorte that runs that county’s CASA program, along with some other services. As part of the split, Shurn explained that Pulaski County now has to provide CASA Program Director Sara Kroft with the necessary equipment. “We think that there’s much advantages of being independent, but because they’re taking her laptop back and her cell phone back, then on the 27th, it was critical we get equipment and get all the data transferred,” Shurn said. “I had equipment money left in my budget, so I’m spending money out.”
The Pulaski County CASA office is located in the County Annex Building on Riverside Drive.