HEALTH BRIEFS: Court seeks volunteer child advocates

2014-03-11T00:00:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Court seeks volunteer child advocatesTimes Staff
March 11, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program will train 25 community volunteers to become child advocates for abused and neglected children. 

Volunteers work an average of 15 hours per month for 18 months, visiting children in their placements and gathering information from parents, foster parents, teachers, doctors, family case managers, therapists, counselors and service providers.

Volunteers can choose to work an ongoing case, which includes attending court hearings, or choose temporary casework assignments on a week-to-week basis without court appearances.

Among other requirements, volunteers must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, not be an active foster parent and cannot have a criminal history.

Volunteer training will take place from 6:15-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings March 25 through April 29 at the Juvenile Justice Complex in Crown Point. There will be no class April 17.

Registration opens March 21. It is required for the free 30-hour CASA training program.

To register, and for more information on volunteer requirements, call Liz Theodoros at (219) 660-6978, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. week days. 

Valpo care center relocates

VALPARAISO | CareEXPRESS Urgent Care Center in Porter Regional Hospital’s Valparaiso Medical Center on Roosevelt Road has relocated to 809 LaPorte Ave., in Valparaiso.

The new site, directly across from the former hospital, offers expanded hours 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily as well as on-site lab and X-ray services.

No appointment is necessary. For more information about CareEXPRESS, call (219) 263-4977 or visit

Free glaucoma class set for Thursday

MUNSTER | Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.

A free class this week will offer participants an update on the latest treatment options, as well as early glaucoma detection, risk factors and treatment options.

The class will last from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Franciscan Hammond Clinic Specialty Center, 7905 Calumet Ave.

Call (800) 931-3322 to register.

Guild seeks more hospital volunteers

MICHIGAN CITY | The Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Michigan City Guild of Volunteers seeks to boost its ranks to help better serve the hospital and its patients.

The volunteer program gives community members an outlet to join the hospital's mission and commitment to patient care, said Shirley Sjoberg manager of volunteer services.

For more information, call Sjoberg at (219) 877-1421.

Class to focus on Alzheimer's caregivers

MUNSTER | An Alzheimer's support group for caregivers is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. March 27 at Franciscan Hammond Clinic Specialty Center, 7905 Calumet Ave.

This free gathering will help caregivers learn more about how to work with loved ones afflicted by Alzheimer's disease.

Registration is not required.

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