There are dozens of victims of child abuse and neglect in this area that have no adults advocating for their well-being. There are programs in place to identify and help those children, but the problem is growing.

Every child deserves to have an adult standing by his or her side to provide them with a voice.

That's why the Voices for Children advocate program is so important. Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children, Inc. serves Jefferson and Ripley counties.

Volunteers are needed to join the program.

Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children Volunteer Guardian ad/Litem Court Appointed special Advocate training begins soon. The five-week training program meets Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

To become an advocate, advance application is required and background checks will be completed before one can join the program. Advocates must be at least 21 years old.

There is no cost of the applicant.

In a previous interview with The Madison Courier, Pam Moon, program director said, "Society has a fundamental obligation to guarantee that the basic rights and needs of every child are met. Every child deserves the chance not just to survive, but to thrive in the safety and love of a family throughout their childhood and beyond. Without a CASA volunteer to guide them safely out of foster care, children who are victims of abuse or neglect might not have that guarantee."

For more information call (812) 599-2630 or email seivoices@cinergymetro.net.

If interested you need to act quickly. A meeting is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday at 217 E. Main St.