Vermilion County group seeks court advocates for children

Vermilion County group seeks court advocates for children

DANVILLE — CASA of Vermilion County is seeking volunteers to become court-appointed special advocates.

All CASA volunteers are required to complete 30 hours of pre-service training, which will begin this month. It involves 15 hours of online coursework, and 15 hours of in-class coursework.

Classes will be held in the Danville Township Building board room, 101 W. North St., Danville. from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 12 to Oct. 10. An orientation will be held on Sept. 12.

The Court Appointed Special Advocates program recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Advocates gather information about a child or children to whom they're assigned by talking to caretakers, caseworkers, teachers and other service providers and then report their findings to a judge, who uses the information to help make decisions about that child's case.

Vermilion County's program was established in 2007, and advocates began working with children the following year. Locally, there are more than 300 children in foster care system.

For more information or to register, call the CASA office at 446-5975. Additional information is available at http://www.casavermilion.org.

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