URBANA — The Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocate program will conduct training classes for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 350 abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system.
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.
"The need for additional advocates for the abused and neglected children of Champaign County continues to be high. All of these children deserve to have a voice in the courtroom helping to ensure their best interests are met," said Rush Record, executive director of CASA.
CASA provides all the training necessary to become an advocate. No specific experience is required. However, advocates must be at least 21 years old.
The 30-hour training program begins on April 9. Most training sessions will be held at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute three times per week until graduation ceremonies on May 1.
More information about CASA can be found on its website at http://www.casa4kids.org  or by calling the CASA office at 384-9065. Applications must be in by March 31 and a background check is required.