Court Appointed Special Advocates has plans to start a training class for the association’s volunteers sometime after the New Year.

 

Marquis Robertson, CASA in the Heart of Texas volunteer recruiter and trainer, said the classes would entail volunteers undergoing 30 hours of in-class training and court observation.

 

Robertson said becoming a volunteer at CASA, located at 901 Ave B., would be a good act as they enter 2016.

 

“It’d be a good new years resolution,” said Robertson, who is in his seventh year with CASA, which hosts year-round trainings.

 

Robertson said it can be tough to gain volunteers this time of year due to the holidays, and that one of the forefronts is to add trainings when everyone starts the new calendar year.

 

CASA in the Heart of Texas is a nonprofit organization that trains and supports volunteer advocates for children removed from their homes in Brown, Comanche and Mills counties.

 

CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system.

 

“It’s where people (volunteers) can stand up for them and be the ones to help them during the tough times,” Robertson said.

 

Each CASA volunteer gets to know the child they represent and gathers information from everyone involved in the child’s life. CASA reports information and recommendations to the court to help make informed decisions.

 

To learn more about CASA in the Heart of Texas, those interested may visit casabrownwood.org. The phone number is 325-643-2557.