Karen McCulloch (left), Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer supervisor, and Crystal Guess, Junior’s House, Inc. Child Advocacy Center executive director, jointly train CASA volunteers. Volunteers are empowered by the court and make a positive impact on the lives of abused and neglected children.

Junior’s House, Inc. Child Advocacy Center is looking for adults with a heart for kids to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for child victims of abuse and neglect. Training for CASA volunteers for Lincoln and Marshall counties will be from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. one day per week for three weeks beginning March 28. Training will be held at Junior’s House, 704 Market Street West.

CASA volunteers can make a positive and permanent change in a child’s life, said Crystal Guess, Junior’s House, Inc. executive director. She said the volunteers are empowered directly by the courts and are trained to understand the impact of trauma on children. “CASA volunteers gather information from all parties,” said Guess. “Families are very open with us and don’t usually have any issues with us.

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