ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- When kids have to appear in court, many times because they've been abused or neglected, they have a friendly face by their side: A volunteer with CASA. Now it's easier for us to become one of those volunteers.
Court Appointed Special Advocates currently work with about 300 kids in Winnebago County, but there are still more than 400 kids who need a CASA advocate. Volunteers go through a training course, which for the first time, is being offered online. CASA's are the eyes and ears for the court making sure kids get the help and services they need.
"We gather information; we collaborate with local service providers to help the court make the decision on what should happen for these children," CASA Program Director Taryn Marko, said.
For more information or to become a volunteer go to www.winnebagocountycasa.org