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Volunteers sworn in as child advocates in courts
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An advocacy program for abused and neglected youngsters has 30 new volunteers whose job is to ensure those children don’t get lost in the legal system. “Get ready to go to work,” said Connie Stephens, director of Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates, at a Thursday night volunteer recognition dinner and swearing-in ceremony at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Gainesville. Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff swore in the group, the largest class of new trainees ever assembled by the organization.