AUGUSTA — The Maine Court Appointed Special Advocates program will hold its spring training for volunteer advocates from Tuesday to Friday, March 23-26. The online training is free and designed to prepare attendees for certification as volunteer guardians ad litem in the Maine District Courts.

Maine CASAs are community volunteers appointed to serve as guardians ad litem for children who are involved in child protection cases. The foundation of the CASA’s work is learning about the case, then advising the court what the CASA believes is in the child’s best interest.

Those interested in training must complete an application and, if invited to participate, must also complete criminal and child protection services background checks.

For more information, contact Maine CASA Legal Services Advisor Darren Defoe at 207-213-2864 or [email protected].