New child advocates sworn in, ready to make a difference for children's

Dozens of newly trained child advocates were sworn in Friday. The volunteers will work with children removed from their homes.

SAN ANTONIO - Dozens of newly-trained child advocates were sworn in Friday. The volunteers will work with children removed from their homes.

Patrick Lang was one of 39 Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA) volunteers sworn in.

"I'm super excited and ready to get going," he said.

CASA advocates give emotional support for children in foster care. Last year, there were more than 4,500 confirmed cases of child abuse in Bexar County. The volunteers will help more than 100 of those children get back on track.

"They check with the school records," said Yolanda Valenzuela, CASA’s vice president. "They do daycare checks and they make sure all their needs are being met."

The advocates have completed a three-week training session and background check. Lang said he is ready to meet the new children in his life.

"Anything that I can do to give them a step in life, I will do,” he said. “I want to create change for them."

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