Abused and neglected children in East Baton Rouge Parish need caring adults to speak up for them.
Our next volunteer training class will begin in September.
to learn more about being a voice for one of these children.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are everyday people who speak up for abused and neglected children to help them reach safe and permanent homes.
More than 250 children in East Baton Rouge Parish will be placed in foster care this year because of abuse and neglect at the hands of their caregivers. These children need CASA volunteers to
LIFT UP THEIR VOICES so that they are not lost in the cracks of the system.
Children enter foster care through no fault of their own. They are innocent victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. They belong to no one as they silently wait for the court to decide their future. Many of these children become victims a second time, lost in an overburdened, underfunded system that cannot pay close attention to each child whose life is in its hands. Sometimes a child can remain adrift in foster care for months, even years.
In 1977, these children found a voice when a Seattle judge founded the CASA program. The goal is to provide each child with an advocate for the life of their case. In the midst of confusion and delays, the advocate is the one consistent, caring person with the time and knowledge to speak exclusively for the child's best interest.
Capital Area CASA Association was established as a private, non-profit organization serving East Baton Rouge Parish in 1992. Since the program began, more than 860 advocates have provided a voice in court for more than 1,800 children.
Lift up a child’s voice. A child’s life.