The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program of Child Advocacy Services needs volunteers to be the voice for abused and neglected children in their community.

A CASA is appointed by a family court judge to speak on the best interests of abused and neglected children. Currently there are 30 children in St. James, Assumption, and Ascension parishes that need a CASA.

Training will begin May 22 and consists of 30 hours of combined classroom and independent study. Interested parties may call 225-647- 2005 to set up an informational session with a CASA Recruiter to learn more about how your voice is needed to help these children navigate their way through the court system.

On average, CASA volunteers spend approximately 10 hours a month gathering factual information from the child and important people in the child’s life, such as teachers, foster parents, and professionals.

CASA volunteers understand a safe and permanent home is the most important goal and volunteering can make a difference in the life of an abused child. 

For more information, contact Krisy Rice at 225-647- 2005 or email at To learn more about Child Advocacy Services, visit Child Advocacy Services is a private, non-profit, organization providing services through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) programs. CAS serves children and families in Ascension, Assumption, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, and Tangipahoa Parishes. CAS works with DCFS and is a proud United Way partner.

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