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CASA to provide volunteer training

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee will provide volunteer advocacy training beginning with orientation on June 30 for people interested in speaking up for the best interests of children in the local area.
CASA of Northeast Tennessee currently serves the Juvenile Courts of Washington, Unicoi, and Greene counties, and the Juvenile Court of Johnson City. CASA volunteers become the voice in court for children; these advocates investigate and make recommendations to the judge as to what is in the best interest of the child, with their primary goal being to see that child is in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.
CASA’s goal is for each child involved in the court system at no fault of their own to have an advocate. On average, advocates spend 10 to 15 hours per month on a case.
The training will prepare individuals to become advocates for CASA, allowing them to participate in court appointed cases and to “speak up” for children.
For more information about CASA or to apply for the training sessions, call Leslie Dalton, volunteer coordinator, at (423) 461-3500. You may also email her at [email protected] or visit the CASA website at http://www.casanetn.org.