Volunteers who can be involved in the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, better known as CASA in the Heart of Texas, are being sought and needed for the program as soon as possible.

According to Marquis Robertson, volunteer recruiter and trainer for CASA, volunteers are appointed as the Guardian Ad Litem for each child in the Texas Child Protective Services court system by the county or district judge. The CASA volunteer finds out everything that is going on in that child's life and reports those things to the judge, so the judge can make a decision on what is in the best interest of that child.

"We hope to start a training class in the next few weeks and we need several more volunteers," Robertson said.

The training consists of 30 classroom hours, which are broken down into 10 approximately three-hour classes.

"Our volunteers come from all kinds of backgrounds, education and age groups," Robertson said. "The one common thing is they all love and care about kids."

Anyone wishing to volunteer, or learn more about the CASA program, may call (325) 643-2557 or come by the Family Services Center, located on the corner of Austin Avenue and Avenue B. The email address is casa@familysc.net and there is a website, www.casabrownwood.org.