Franklin County CASA is looking for individuals interested in becoming volunteers and is planning its next training session.

CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — is a network of community-based programs across the country that recruit, train and support citizen volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.

Volunteer advocates — empowered directly by the courts — offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

It is estimated that there are more than 200 such children in Franklin County alone who still need that “voice.”

Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings starting in June. An exact schedule will be determined with the volunteers who register.

The application deadline is May 15.

Training will consist of 30 hours and features flex-scheduling, which is a combination of classroom and online sessions.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.

For more information on Franklin County CASA or the volunteer sessions, call the office at 636-583-4422, visit or become a friend on Facebook.