AUGUSTA — The Maine Court Appointed Special Advocates Program will hold free training for volunteer advocates Aug. 14 to 17 in the Augusta area.

Attendees will learn about all aspects of child advocacy work in order to be certified as a volunteer guardian in Maine District Courts.

Court appointed special advocates are community volunteers appointed to serve as guardians for children whose parents are involved in a child protection case.

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

Volunteer advocates must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, be 21 or older, file and application, provide three references and complete a background check that includes disclosing any criminal or child protection history.

For more information, go to or contact legal services adviser Darren Defoe at 207-213-2864

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