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Hill Country CASA seeking volunteers


Hill Country CASA is once again recruiting community volunteers to work with the courts as advocates for children, reports Diane Oehler, Hill Country CASA executive director.

New CASA volunteer training will begin on Tuesday, March 20, and will run three days a week for two weeks.

New CASA advocates will be ready to serve the courts by the first of April. Registration and pre-training interview are necessary.

At the present time there are over 250 children from our area who have been removed from their family homes because of abuse or neglect. These children are now in the custody of Child Protective Services and their legal cases are handled by area courts.

Hill Country CASA's 100 community volunteers serve children from Kerr, Bandera, Gillespie and Kendall counties.

Potential CASA volunteers do not need a legal background but must complete scheduled training sessions and submit to criminal and CPS background checks before being sworn in by the judiciary as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

To inquire about Hill Country CASA's program or to pre-register for the upcoming volunteer training sessions call 896-2272, e-mail hccasa@ktc.com or stop by the CASA office at 309 Earl Garrett Street in Kerrville.