URBANA — Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates will conduct training for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 500 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 is great. All of these children deserve to have a voice in the courtroom helping to ensure their best interests are met," said Rush Record, CASA executive director.
CASA provides all the training necessary to become an advocate. No specific experience is required; however, advocates must be at least 21 and undergo a background check.
The 30-hour training program for new advocates begins Tuesday, Jan. 24. Through a donation from Carle, training sessions will be held at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute in Urbana.
Training will be held three times per week until graduation on Feb. 15.
More information about CASA can be found on its website at http://www.casa4kids.org  or by calling the CASA office at 217-384-9065. Applications are due by Jan. 19.