CASA of Northeast Louisiana is hosting new volunteer training classes beginning May 19, to ready volunteers to serve local children currently in need of an advocate. CASA Volunteer training consists of five, three-hour classes spread out over five weeks. The orientation class for the training will be held on Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. All classes will be in person.
CASA of NELA serves 11 parishes in Northeast Louisiana and 5 judicial districts. Training Classes are beginning in all areas.
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 our area are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. As a CASA, you can 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 a CASA is to act as an extra pair of eyes and ears for the judge, collecting information through observation and interviews with key players it the child’s life and then reporting back to the judge. To become a CASA, you must be 21 years old and pass a federal background check.
If you are interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, please contact us today at 318-398-0945 or www.casaofnela.org.
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