AUGUSTA — Interested in speaking up for Maine foster children? The Maine Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program is holding its spring training for court-appointed child advocates Tuesday through Friday, March 4 to 7, in Augusta.

The four-day training is free, and participants will learn about all aspects of child advocacy work to be certified as a volunteer guardian ad litem for the courts.

Maine CASAs are community volunteers who are appointed by the court to serve as guardians ad litem (GAL) for a child whose parents are involved in a child protection court case.

CASAs conduct an investigation, then advise the judge in writing of what they believe is in the child’s best interest. The foundation of the CASA’s work is listening to and letting the judge know what the child wishes, according to Maine CASA Program Manager Libby McCullum, Esq.

CASAs come from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds and are guided throughout the process by staff attorneys.

For more information, visit  For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Leigh, Esq. at 287-5829 or e-mail [email protected]

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