The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of the Family Court is expanding its efforts to represent the interests of abused and neglected children in court.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of the Family Court is expanding its efforts to represent the interests of abused and neglected children in court.

The program is seeking qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers. CASA volunteers are trained members of the community who are appointed by Family Court Judges to speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court proceedings. As an official of the court, the CASA volunteer conducts an independent investigation into the child’s life and provides information and recommendations to the judge in the case. CASA volunteers work with attorneys, social workers and family members to attain the goal of a safe and permanent home for each child.

CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Each volunteer accepted into the program must complete 30 hours of initial training. Casework supervision is provided by full-time program coordinators from the Family Court staff. Program attorneys provide legal advice and represent the CASA in court proceedings.

For more information, call 255-0378.