Volunteers are needed to look after the best interest of abused and neglected children.
Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers for 2015, according to program coordinator Lisa McCarthy.
According to the program’s website, there are currently 128 active volunteers serving more than 450 children in the Hall-Dawson area. The need for more child advocates, especially bilingual advocates, is great.
The mission of the nonprofit organization is to ensure abused and neglected children have access to a safe, permanent home. Volunteers have to be trained, screened and supervised as advocates for children who require court intervention.
According to McCarthy, more than 400,000 foster children in the U.S. this year will need an advocate in the courtroom.
Volunteer training will be Feb. 3, 2015. It includes courtroom procedures and policies, signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect in a child and how to properly gather information regarding a case for the court.
Call McCarthy at 770-531-1964 with further questions.