January 8, 2014

Advocates for Children Volunteers Sought

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is actively seeking volunteers in Mercer County. The non-profit organization speaks up in court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

These children live in foster homes, group homes or residential facilities. CASA trains community volunteers who ensure that these children receive needed services and help in moving into safe and permanent homes. CASA Advocates receive 32 hours of comprehensive training and ongoing supervision.

Volunteers, who come from all walks of life and need no special background, must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, a desire to help these at risk children and commit at least 18 months to a child’s case. One hour information sessions are offered on a regular basis.

Information sessions will be held at 1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22, Ewing, on January 14 at 5:30 p.m., January 23 at 9:30 a.m., February 12 at 5:30 p.m., February 13 at 9:30 a.m., March 11 at 9:30 a.m. and March 13 at 5:30 p.m. Call (609) 434-0050 or email Anne Callahan, Volunteer Coordinator, at acallahan@casamercer.org for more information or to register. To find out more about CASA for Children or register on-line, visit www.casamercer.org.