Urbana, IL-Champaign County CASA will be conducting training classes for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 380 abused and neglected children in Champaign County Court. These 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.
“Champaign County CASA has been providing the abused and neglected children of Champaign County with highly trained volunteer advocates and legal representation for 25 years. With rising numbers of abuse and neglect cases, advocates are always needed to ensure these child victims are being properly cared for and the services they need are being provided in a timely manner. These children have suffered through unspeakable abuse and it is imperative that their needs are met so that they can begin to heal.” said Rush Record, Executive Director of CASA.
CASA provides all the training necessary to become an advocate. No specific experience is required however; you must be at least 21 years old, be willing to make the time commitment necessary to fulfill the role of a CASA advocate and pass a background check.
The 30 hour training program for new advocates begins on Tuesday, January 22. Training will be held three times per week until completion on Wednesday Feburary 13. More information about CASA can be found on their website at www.casa4kids.org or by calling the CASA office at 384-9065. An application deadline has been set for Monday, January 20.