CASA of NELA to hold new advocate training

Ready for new opportunities in the New Year? How about signing up for one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences offered in our state? Become a CASA and help change a child’s life today.

Today in Northeast Louisiana 108 children in foster care are waiting for a volunteer to plead on their behalf. This number represents over 79 households in our local communities with children and their siblings in need of a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). This is a person who isn’t a therapist, schoolteacher, or family member of the child but is someone appointed by a judge to help ensure that each abused or neglected child is placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.

CASA volunteers are urgently needed in our local regional areas: Monroe, Bastrop, Ruston, Tallulah, Winnsboro, and more. When you are trained and become a Court Appointed Special Advocate, you will be the eyes and ears for the court system, collecting information through observation in home visits and meetings with key people in the child’s life to report to the judge presiding over the child’s case. Once training is complete, the expectations are to see the child monthly, gather information from teachers and family members, and report observations to the judge in court, approximately 2-8 hours a month.

For 23 years CASA of Northeast Louisiana has advocated for approximately 1900 children in need of care and has trained nearly 800 local community volunteers. These CASA volunteers come from all walks of life and are a powerful voice for a child during their most vulnerable time.

The first training meetings begin on Thursday, January 19th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at various locations, and subsequent training meetings can be customized around the volunteer’s availability (where applicable). CASA of NELA is a division of The Center for Children & Families, Inc.

Volunteers may sign up today and register for the upcoming January training class date by visiting http://www.casaofnela.org or calling (318) 398-0945


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