CASA helpers needed

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HANCOCK COUNTY — East Central Indiana Court Appointed Special Advocates will begin a new volunteer training class in Greenfield this month.

The complete training includes 30 hours of classroom education in addition to courtroom observation time. Volunteers must be a minimum age of 21 years of age. 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 carefully 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.

There is a great need for volunteers in Hancock County, according to a news release. The agency is seeing a dramatic increase in cases. At the present time, Hancock County has approximately 50 children on a waiting list for a volunteer advocate.

Interested applicants are asked to contact the CASA office to learn more about volunteering, or to enroll in the next class and set up an interview. For more information or to volunteer, contact Marciann McClarnon Miller at 317-477-0034 or email at eastcentralindianacasa@yahoo.com