CASA Training Class

McLean County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
YOU can help change a child’s story by becoming a CASA volunteer!

McLean County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains and supports volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children residing in foster care. McLean County research indicates that children who have a CASA volunteer achieve a safe and permanent home sooner than those who do not.

Our next CASA training is scheduled to begin July 21st through August 18th. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00-7:00 pm. Classes will be in person and virtual via the Zoom platform. Please contact Eric Hansen at 309-888-5855 or for an application or more information regarding the role and responsibilities of a CASA


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