URBANA — Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates will begin a new training session for potential advocates to speak up for abused and neglected children in Champaign County Circuit Court.
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. There are approximately 450 children in the court system.
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 for new advocates begins Tuesday, April 10.
Thanks to a donation from Carle, training sessions will be held at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute in Urbana three times per week until graduation ceremonies on May 2.
More information about CASA can be found at http://www.casa4kids.org  or by calling the CASA office at (217) 384-9065. Applications must be in by April 2 and a background check is required.