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CASA CAN looking for volunteers

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A Great Falls organization is looking for volunteers to give children a voice in the court system.

Next month, the Great Falls Court Appointed Special Advocate group, also known as CASA CAN, begins a five-week training program for volunteers.

Great Falls has the largest number of children per capita in foster care than any other city in Montana.

CASA CAN Executive Director Lisa Goff said there are more children in the system this year than all of 2016.

"It is not the fault of these kids. These kids are the victims," Goff said. "We want to prevent child abuse from happening but when it does happen, we have to be sure these kids are cared for and they get the services that they need."

CASA trains volunteers to become advocates for abused and neglected children.

CASA CAN volunteers become Officers of the Court charged with investigating the circumstances of a case.

"To become a volunteer advocate we ask that you fill out an application. You have to provide references. We do background checks," Goff said. "We also do one on one interviews. And then the training gives everyone an opportunity to see if it is a good fit."

The next training session starts on October 2.

For more information about being a volunteer, call CASA CAN at 406-454-6738.

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