The local CASA program that serves children in Avoyelles and Rapides Parishes has just been awarded recertification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This five-year renewal
certification recognizes that our CASA program is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for
quality child advocacy. In an effort to create a regional children’s advocacy network, the local CASA program
will expand to serve the children of Grant and Winn Parishes in 2016.
Wade Bond, Executive Director of the agency, stated, “The children of Central Louisiana deserve the highest
quality of advocacy, which is critical to accomplishing our vision of eradicating the cycle of abuse and neglect.” Bond added, “This re-certification is made possible by our advocates, court officials, state agencies, funders and the residents of the communities we serve, all of which work together to help heal and champion abused and neglected children throughout Central Louisiana.”
According to Tara Perry, Interim CEO/Chief Operating Officer of the National CASA Association, “The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child served has a powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf and a strong program supporting their work.
This certification says this program has demonstrated to us the capacity to provide excellent advocacy to the
abused and neglected children within their community.”
The goal of CASA is to recruit and train community volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected
children in court. By incorporating CASA as a tool in the foster care system, children will spend less time in foster care and are more likely to be adopted. The success of our program is due to the collaborative efforts of the local Judicial District Courts, Red River Delta, Louisiana Supreme Court, CASA Assistance Program, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, United Way of Central Louisiana and the residents of the parishes we serve.