CASA training scheduled

CASA training scheduled

URBANA — The Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocate program will begin training later this month for new advocates to speak up for the more than 400 abused and neglected children in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Volunteer advocates become the "eyes and ears of the Court" and work with the child and social service agencies to ensure that the best interests of the child are met throughout the court process.

"For 20 years, Champaign County CASA has been providing the abused and neglected children of Champaign County with highly trained volunteer advocates. The need for additional advocates for these children continues to be high. All of these kids 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," said Rush Record, CASA executive director.

CASA provides all the training necessary to become an advocate. No specific experience is required but advocates must be at least 21.

The 30-hour training program for new advocates begins on Tuesday, April 22, at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute.

Training will be held three times per week until graduation on May 14.

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

The deadline for applications is April 17 and a background check is required.

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