BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) invites the public to participate in a virtual information session to learn how to speak up for abused and neglected children in the East Baton Rouge Parish foster care system.

CASA volunteers advocate for children who have been victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. CASA volunteers do not provide legal representation or replace social workers. A CASA volunteer is an independent voice who only speaks for the child’s best interests.

Attending a 30-minute virtual orientation session is the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer. CASA volunteers must be 21 years or older, complete a background check, and make a one-year commitment to a child.

Registration for the first training session in January has opened.