The Brown County Guardian Ad Litem Program is a program of the Brown County Circuit Court, which uses trained volunteers to serve as court appointed special advocates who are committed to representing the best interests of children who are at risk of abuse or neglect.
GAL volunteers make recommendations regarding appropriate protective and rehabilitative services to ensure a safe and permanent home for every child adjudicated to be a Child In Need of Services, and/or children involved in other litigation who need an advocate.
The Brown County Literacy Coalition collaborates with community partners to tutor children, distribute books, and provide a bridge to reading fluency and comprehension. The tutoring program supports children in grades 1-12 via partnerships with the Brown county Schools, local tutors, Indiana University, and the Indiana Kids program.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends a free book each month to the home of participating children, aged birth to five. Signup sheets are available at many locations in Brown County and at the Literacy Coalition office. Other available free materials include a children’s music CD and a video for parents regarding the importance of reading to children.
Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives. Family centered programming is available to promote mental health and wellness for children, teens and adults. Services available to individuals across the life span include individual, family, and group therapy, recovery coaching, life skills training, wraparound services, and employment coaching.
Foster grandparents serve in Brown County Schools preschool and kindergarten classrooms and the Brown County Head Start Program assisting referred children who are at risk academically, socially, emotionally or behaviorally. The students receive academic tutoring, friendship, mentoring and guidance that positively contribute to the children’s development in school and for life. Classroom teachers supervise the work of foster grandparents.
Services targeting the prevention and elimination of domestic and dating violence include a 24-hour crisis/help line; emergency residential shelter services; non-residential services; prevention education and professional training; children’s program and legal services.