The mission of CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc. is to recruit, train and engage community volunteers to advocate for abused or neglected children in the 16th judicial district court system.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are highly trained to provide best -interest advocacy to the abused and/or neglected children in foster care. We serve Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes.
Change a child's story.
Right here in our community, abused and neglected children slip silently through the cracks of our court and foster care systems. These innocent victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment silently wait for the courts to decide their future. Sometimes a child can remain adrift in foster care for years. That's where a CASA volunteer can make a difference - in helping that child reach a safe and permanent home.
As a CASA advocate, you will: Learn - learn all you can about the child and his/her family and life Engage - engage with the child during regular visits Recommend - speak up for the child's best interest in court by making recommendations regarding the child's placement and needed services; as well as monitoring the child's situation until the case is released by the court. Collaborate - collaborate with others to ensure that necessary services are provided and are in the child's best interest. Report - report what you have learned and observed to the court.
Hope needs a helping hand.
Be that presence in a foster child's life.
If you have questions, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org