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Child advocates needed; training sessions to begin in June

May 18, 2017

The Office of the Child Advocate - Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Delaware is expanding its efforts to represent the interests of abused and neglected children. 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 advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court proceedings. The CASA volunteer conducts an independent investigation into the child's life, and provides information and recommendations to the judge. 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. Classes are forming now for summer training statewide. Casework supervision is provided by full-time program coordinators.

For information and application, go to http://courts.delaware.gov/childadvocate, call the CASA office at 302-255-1731, or email megan.caudell@state.de.us.

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