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CASA of Knox County Needs Volunteers

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Every year, hundreds of abused or neglected children come through the foster care systems in our area. Most often, with no one to protect their well being except for volunteer advocates who step in to help.

That's what CASA does in Knox County: the Court Appointed Special Advocate program. But CASA is running low on volunteers.

"We always have a need for CASA volunteers," said executive director, Hannah Malley. "In Knox County, we are assigned to every abuse and neglect case that comes through the court system."

There have been 16 new cases added to the system since the start of this year. CASA is working on 60 cases in total but it only has 24 volunteers.

So, the program is putting out a plea for people who are interested in volunteering.

"Training is about 25 to 30 hours total and it involves classroom training where we talk about: the court process, how a case enters the system, how to talk to the children, how to interview different involved parties."

You need to be at least 21 to be a CASA volunteer and you must undergo a background check.

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