Voices for Children, a local nonprofit working to transform the lives of abused children, is looking for volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). A CASA is a trained volunteer matched with a child in the foster care system – the CASA gets to know the child, researches his/her particular situation, and advocates on the child’s behalf in court. CASAs often become one of the only stable adult presences in a foster child’s life and form lifelong bonds. Anyone with a willingness to help can become a CASA as long as they’re over 21 and have 10 to 15 hours per month to devote to the child. Voices for Children provides training and a Juvenile Court judge authorizes the CASA to access the child’s records. Voices for Children is particularly seeking men and Spanish speakers to volunteer. To learn more about Voices for Children or sign up for a free information session visit
www.speakupnow.org.