Volunteers sought for Champaign County CASA

Volunteers sought for Champaign County CASA

URBANA — Champaign County CASA is asking for volunteers to become advocates for abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system.

The 30-hour training program for new advocates begins on Tuesday, Sept. 17, but interested parties have to register by Sept. 13.

Most of the training sessions will be held at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute on the Carle Hospital campus in Urbana three times per week until graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

More information about CASA can be found on its website at http://www.casa4kids.org or by calling the CASA office at 384-9065.

Besides the application, a background check is required. No specific experience is required, but advocates must be at least 21 years old.

CASA was established in Champaign County in 1994 and became the guardian ad litem for all abused and neglected children in 2004. CASA currently serves over 350 abused and neglected children in Champaign County.

"The need for additional advocates for the abused and neglected children of Champaign County continues to be high," said Rush Record, executive director of CASA. "All of these children deserve to have a voice in the courtroom helping to ensure their best interests are met. Our volunteer advocates are the core reason for the program's success in advocating for these children."

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