CASA to hold new volunteer training online

CASA of Northeast Louisiana will hold online volunteer training g classes beginning Jan. 20 to ready volunteers to serve local children currently in need of an advocate. 

Court Appointed Special Advocates Volunteer Training consists of five, three-hour classes spread out over five weeks via Zoom.  The orientation class for the training will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  All classes will be held online.  

No previous experience is required to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate.  By volunteering for just 8-10 hours per month, advocates can make a lifelong difference for a local child.  Each year hundreds of children in the area are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.  As a CASA, an individual can help to change a child’s story by being their voice in the court system.  

The goal of a CASA is that each child served will find a safe, permanent home, as quickly as possible.  Too often, children languish for years in the foster care system, with no hope of finding a permanent home or having a normal childhood.  Studies have shown that when a CASA is involved, a child’s chances of finding a permanent home are doubled.  

The role of the CASA is to act as an extra pair of eyes and ears for the judge, collecting information through observation and interviews with key players in the child’s life and then reporting back to the judge.  To become a CASA, individuals must be 21 years old and pass a federal background check.  

For those interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, please contact Katey Parnell at 318-245-3646 or email kparnell@standforhope.org.


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