The Court Appointed Special Advocates, better known as CASA, were out in force at the Acadiana Mall to recruit more volunteers to speak up for abused and neglected children living in foster care.
CASA volunteers are paired one-on-one with a child living in foster care. The volunteers make recommendations to a judge about what is best for the child, with the ultimate goal being a safe, permanent home.
Programs statewide have an immediate need for men and women of all backgrounds – young and old, working and retired – who want to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child.
“We are really in need of volunteers. We have over 400 children in the system right now without a volunteer.” said Joseph Sam of CASA.
“It’s very important for us to go out into the community and get these people to come out and give a voice to these children.”
“This is something that is very serious going on right now and we have to try and break that cycle”.
More than 4,000 children are living in foster care in Louisiana, including 350 children in the parishes of Lafayette, Vermillion and Acadia that are served by CASA of SOLA.
Less than half of foster children statewide have a CASA volunteer to be the child’s voice for whatever he or she needs. To learn more about volunteering with CASA, visit LouisianaChildren.org.