Interested in advocating for the best interests of a child?  The Maine Court Appointed Special Advocates program is holding its spring training for volunteer advocates on March 21-24.

This free, four-day training is designed to prepare attendees for certification as volunteer guardians ad litem in Maine child protection cases. Trainees may participate virtually or in person. For those who wish to participate in person, the training will be held in Augusta. Accommodations may be available.  

The foundation of a CASA’s work is learning about the case and then advising the court what the CASA believes is in the child’s best interest. CASAs come from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds and are guided throughout the process by CASA program staff. CASAs bring their own unique perspectives to their work as volunteers. 

If you are willing to advocate for a child’s best interests, we encourage you to apply to become a CASA volunteer. Those interested in the training must complete an application and, if invited to participate, must also complete criminal and child protection services background checks. 

Contact Maine CASA Legal Services Advisor Darren Defoe at 207-213-2864 or