\u201cKids\u2019 Voice is where my heart is,\u201d\u00a0says Eddie Rivers, chief development officer of Kids\u2019 Voice of Indiana, an organization focused on serving children in the Indianapolis community through its three main programs. Rivers first\u00a0became involved with the organization, which was founded in 1985,\u00a0as a client through the Bette J. Dick Guardian ad Litem Program for Kids.\u00a0The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program allows Marion County judges and judicial officers to appoint Kids\u2019 Voice on cases in Marion Superior Courts, Civil Division and Probate Division, and the Marion Circuit Court, Paternity Division in order to serve the best interests of a child or children in that case. The result, aptly, is giving the children served a voice. \u201cFor me,\u00a0it's\u00a0certainly putting a voice for the kid into the court system, but really it\u2019s a chance. Many of these kids don\u2019t have a chance if they don\u2019t have a voice,\u201d\u00a0says Kory Futa, a member of the board of directors.\u00a0The program has continuously served over 200 children annually for the last 20 years. This year, Kids\u2019 Voice is celebrating its service\u00a0in\u00a0Indiana\u00a0for 35 years, which has expanded greatly since 1985. Although its GAL program is its most well-known program, the organization also serves the community through two other programs: the\u00a0Derelle\u00a0Watson-Duvall Children\u2019s Law Center of Indiana and the Jenny Miller Safe Child Parenting Time Program.\u00a0The\u00a0Derelle\u00a0Watson-Duvall Children\u2019s Law Center of Indiana is tasked with serving attorneys, judicial officers, child service providers, and the general public through education and training about family law in the state of Indiana.\u00a0The Jenny Miller Safe Child Parenting Time Program provides supervised court ordered visitation between children and their non-custodial parent in a neutral, safe environment.\u00a0Through these three programs, Kids\u2019 Voice is able to realize its mission to advocate, educate and protect.\u00a0 Kids\u2019 Voice also provides an opportunity in the community for individuals to make a difference by becoming a\u00a0volunteer GAD to a vulnerable child. Currently, Kids\u2019 Voice has nearly\u00a0300\u00a0active volunteers,\u00a0including law students, attorneys and lay individuals. However, there is always a need for volunteer GAD to help best serve the interests of children in the Indianapolis community.\u00a0 \u201cAs a volunteer Guardian ad Litem, I am able to be a voice for those children\u00a0in these vulnerable situations,\u201d\u00a0says volunteer GAD\u00a0Maria Larrison. \u201cWe\u2019re in need of volunteers and supporters now more than ever,\u201d\u00a0says Lindsay Scott, current president and CEO of Kids\u2019 Voice. Although Kids\u2019 Voice has experienced much success in representing the best interests of children in the Indianapolis community, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges for the organization.\u00a0 \u201cThe pandemic has brought a host of issues to the surface for families,\u201d Scott\u00a0says. With the stay-at-home order put in place in Indiana, issues of\u00a0family conflict, child abuse and neglect and domestic violence\u00a0have\u00a0been\u00a0exasperated. On the other side of the pandemic, Kids\u2019 Voice expects an influx of families and children in need of its services. \u201cWe, as an organization, are still finding novel ways to serve\u00a0our community during this time,\u201d\u00a0Scott says.\u00a0Kids\u2019 Voice\u00a0has created a resource page addressing family law issues that may arise during the pandemic that is free and accessible here through their website. For more information about\u00a0how you can become a kid\u2019s voice\u00a0as\u00a0a volunteer GAD or to find other ways to help, visit kidsvoicein.org\/get-involved.