Children need to do more than simply survive. They need to thrive in the safety and love of a family. Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who speak up for abused and neglected youth living in foster care (ranging in age from birth to 18). The children served by CASA have come into state custody for their own protection due to abuse, neglect or abandonment at the hands of the very people who were supposed to care for them. CASA always needs volunteers to advocate for these children to help them reach safe, permanent homes.
No special background is required. CASA volunteers do not provide legal representation, nor do they replace social workers. A CASA volunteer is an independent voice advocating solely for the child’s best interests. CASA provides thorough training, and each volunteer works under the direct supervision of a staff member. The first step to getting involved is to attend a 45-minute orientation session at the CASA office, located at 848 Louisiana Ave. For more information, call (225) 379-8598, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.casabr.org.
You can also help these children by spreading the word about CASA to your family and friends or by inviting a CASA guest speaker to your office or organization. For more information, contact Jennifer Mayer at (225) 379-8598 or email@example.com.