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Family Advocates is an organization dedicated to providing an environment of integrity and respect. We are committed to objective advocacy focused on the best interest of children while fostering healthy, positive and permanent family relationships. We promote and support quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child an opportunity for a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

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CAYA Swearing In

Caya swearing in

LaPorte County Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos, accompanied by Juvenile Magistrate Jonathan Forker, swore in the newest group of Court Appointed Youth Advocate (CAYA) volunteers recently. The advocates will support struggling youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system by promoting educational, employment, positive peer relationships, life skills and other short-term goals. So far this year, CAYA advocates have assisted 50 youth involved in the program. Seven more volunteers received comprehensive training of the system as well as engage in the process by observing court. Ongoing workshops and resource collaboration will provide additional tools to assist volunteers in making a difference in the life of a child or youth. What we do matters so please consider becoming a hero to help children and youth who are appointed to both CASA and CAYA programs. For more information, please visit or call 219.324.3385 to help a youth who needs you. For attached submitted picture: (From left): Magistrate Jonathan Forker; Triston Rouse; Joe Drantz; Keiren O’Kelly; Judith Hundt; Mary Jane O’Brien; Kayla Glassman; Dennis Carroll; Michael Hess and the Honorable Thomas Alevizos (Not pictured: Jennifer McCracken)