Anyone who might be interested in volunteering with CASA Monroe, which works with abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court, can find out more about the program by attending an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 5 p.m.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Participants are trained by the organization to look into the backgrounds of children who are in court through no fault of their own. The advocate then writes a report for the Juvenile Court judge that includes recommendations about the next step in the child’s process.
“We have a total of eight sessions in our training program,” said CASA Monroe Executive Director Alisa Hobbs. “Once finished, candidates are sworn in as Friends of the Court and can begin taking cases. Anyone 21 years or older can become an advocate. It’s not difficult and is a very rewarding experience.”
For answers to questions or to sign up to attend the informational meeting, call the CASA office in Madisonville at 423-442-2750. Actual training will begin on June 11.