There are more than 20 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.

"We won't rest until every single one of these children has someone standing by their side to lift up their voice, and their life," said Pam Moon SEI Voices for Children program director.

That's why hundreds of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers will gather at the state capitol on March 4 for the Indiana Child Advocate Network's CASA Day at the Statehouse.

The high visibility event will help to bring attention to the growing problem in the state and nation.

We all need to pay attention.

"Society has a fundamental obligation to guarantee that the basic rights and needs of every child are met," Moon said. "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. That's why we're coming to Indianapolis, to make sure our legislators know that our children's lives are hanging in the balance," she said.

Resources currently devoted to the effort are insufficient. It takes both money and manpower to care for at-risk children.

The public must take an active role. Every child deserves to be heard, and often that takes an adult to provide the comfort and security for that child to speak up.

After meeting with legislative leaders, the CASA volunteers will head to the Statehouse for a noon rally. These volunteers are going to spread the word until we all understand the gravity of the need.

If you are able, more volunteers are needed.

Individuals interested in learning more about Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children may visit the agency's website at, email or call 812-599-2630.