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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Learn how to be an advocate for abused or neglected children

A new case of child abuse or neglect enters the FairfaxCounty Domestic and Juvenile Relations Court system once every 38 hours. These children need dedicated, caring advocates to help ensure that their best interests are represented in court.

That’s where Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) enters the picture. CASA volunteers gather information for the court so children can be placed in safe and permanent homes. The volunteers get to know these children, talk with family members and professionals, and represent the children’s interests in court. All volunteers receive training and are supervised by CASA staff.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer—or want to learn more about this program to see if it is something you can do—you should attend an information session on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the George Mason Regional Library in Annandale, 11 a.m.-noon.

For more information, contact Elisa Kosarin, 703/273-3626, ext. 2.

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