CASA volunteers needed _lowres

Photo provided by Jennifer Mayer -- Court-appointed special advocate volunteers speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children during juvenile court and child protection proceedings.

The Capital Area CASA Association needs volunteers to speak up for abused children to help them reach safe, permanent homes. Recruitment coordinator Jennifer Mayer said the organization needs to fill up its next training class with potential volunteers in order to continue serving abused children in East Baton Rouge Parish.

No special background is required for the court-appointed special advocates, or CASA volunteers, but they must attend an orientation session and go through a screening process prior to training.

Orientation sessions are 45 minutes long and held at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave., in Baton Rouge. Remaining sessions are at 5 p.m. Thursday and noon Wednesday. CASA is accepting people into its next volunteer training course Jan. 19.

For information, call (225) 379-8598, visit casabr.org or email volunteer@casabr.org.