BATON ROUGE, La. (FOX 44) (NBC LOCAL 33) – The next training course is set to begin for Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, volunteers in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Capital Area CASA is accepting applications, according to a news release.

Antione Lacey

The organization said it is seeking “caring adults – especially male and African American individuals – to become advocates for abused and neglect children in the parish.”

The next course starts September 10th. The three-week, 32-hour training course helps prepare volunteers to become advocates.

It covers topics including:

  • The Well-Being of the Child
  • Trauma, Resilience and Communication Skills
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty and Professional Communication
  • Substance Abuse and Cultural Competence

“No special background is required to become a CASA volunteer. The first step is to attend a 45-minute orientation session at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave.,” stated the news release.

Upcoming orientation dates:
Wednesday, August 21st at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 24th at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, August 28th at 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 5th at 9:00 a.m.

If you want to learn more about CASA, click here or call 225-379-8598.