The Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocates Association welcomed 26 residents who were officially sworn in as volunteers by Juvenile Court Judge Adam Haney on May 19.

Each volunteer will be appointed to advocate for the best interests of an abused child.

The new advocates were sworn in at the association office on the final evening of a 32-hour training course, which prepares volunteers for their advocacy work. Once assigned to cases, the volunteers will work to help abused and neglected children reach safe homes with forever families.

Though the association now has new advocates, the program still needs volunteers to continue serving every child in East Baton Rouge Parish who needs a voice. The association is accepting people into its next training course, which begins July 19.

No special background is required to become a volunteer. The first step to getting involved is to attend a 45-minute orientation at the association office, 848 Louisiana Ave. Sessions will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 24; 3 p.m. June 30; and 10 a.m. July 9.

For future dates and more details, call (225) 379-8598, visit casabr.org or email volunteer@casabr.org.

Editor’s Note: This story was changed on June 16 to correct orientation dates.