SIOUX CITY | The Court-Appointed Special Advocates program, or CASA, is seeking volunteers for upcoming training to help represent abused and neglected children in the legal system.

CASA volunteers look out for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are involved in court cases by meeting with the child, caseworkers, parents and others with knowledge of the child's circumstances and report to the judge to help ensure the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

The CASA training begins from 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Dec. 13 or Jan. 8 on the second floor of the Trosper-Hoyt Building, 822 Douglas St. The initial training session will be followed by sessions on Jan. 26, 27 and 31. Prior to the training, volunteers must fill out an application/interview by calling Amy Hennies at (712) 279-6602 or going online at www.iamforthechildiowa.com. Applicants then must complete a one-hour online training session.

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