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March 1, 2014

Volunteer to make a child's life different

ANDERSON — East Central Indiana Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will begin the spring training class in Madison County for child advocate volunteers in March. The training will be held in the third-floor conference room at the Citizens Plaza-KeyBank Building located in downtown Anderson.

The complete training includes 30 hours of classroom education in addition to courtroom observation time. Volunteers must be a minimum age of 21 years, and a full police and child welfare background check will be done on each potential volunteer.

CASA volunteers are the voice in the court for abused and neglected children. A CASA volunteer thoroughly examines a child’s case and makes recommendations to the judge. Volunteers are trained to advocate, evaluate and monitor a child’s case with respect to what is in the best interest of the child. The goal of CASA is to get the child into a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible, where they can thrive.

Interested applicants should contact the CASA office as soon as possible to enroll in the spring training class. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact volunteer trainer Traci Barber at 649-7215 to learn more about child advocacy and to set up an interview with program staff prior to the start of the training class.

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