VALPARAISO | The Court Appointed Special Advocates program will begin the next training session for volunteers Sept. 9.
A CASA is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by the juvenile court to represent the best interests of children who have been abused and neglected.
The six-week volunteer training begins Sept. 9, and is scheduled every Monday and Thursday evening through Oct. 14. Each session begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Each training session must be attended by volunteer applicant.
Background checks are necessary to become a CASA volunteer. Anyone interested in becoming a CASA must contact the CASA office by Aug. 30, so that there is time to complete a background check.
The CASA Program is sponsored by the Family & Youth Services Bureau.
For more information, call Patti Wachter at (219) 464-9585.