The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Adams County is in need of at least 10 new CASA volunteers.  CASA currently has more than 25 abused and neglected children waiting for a CASA volunteer to speak up for them.  These children desperately need your help to give them hope and be the voice on their behalf.Training sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays beginning September 21 through October 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Advocacy Network for Children office at 531 Hampshire Street (2nd floor).  Training will conclude with court observation and presentation of certificates on November 2 at 8:30 a.m.

CASA volunteers are trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for abused or neglected children in the court system.  Volunteers receive 30 hours of training prior to case assignment.  Training includes courtroom procedures, working with social service agencies and the special needs of abused and neglected children.  Training is free with training manuals and materials provided.

Once trained, CASA volunteers work alongside attorneys and social workers from case inception to its completion.  CASA volunteers come from all walks of life and no special experience is required.   These trained volunteers will represent abused and neglected children in the Adams County court system.

For more information or to request an application, call 217-223-2272.

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