Volunteers are needed to look after the best interest of local abused and neglected children.
According to the Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates website, there are currently 128 active volunteers serving more than 450 children in the Hall-Dawson counties area. The need for more child advocates, especially bilingual advocates, is great.
Volunteer training will be Tuesday. It includes courtroom procedures and policies, signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect in a child and how to properly gather information for a case.
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.
According to program coordinator Lisa McCarthy, more than 400,000 foster children in the U.S. this year will need an advocate in the courtroom.
Call McCarthy at 770-531-1964 with further questions.