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CASA announces orientation dates

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Posted at 11:01 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 12:01:15-04

The Court Appointed Special Advocates of South Louisiana have released their Summer-Winter 2020 volunteer orientation schedule.

CASA's orientations are set for:

• June 10th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

• July 8th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

• August 12th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

• September 9th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

• October 14th, 2020 at 5:30

• November 11th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

• December 9th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

The scheduled event is designed to start possible CASAs on their journey and inform them on what it means to become a court appointed voice for one of 200 plus foster children in Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion. The information session will be held at the CASA of SoLA office at 227 La Rue France, Lafayette LA 70508. To pick a registration date the office can be reached at 337-268-5111 or emailed at coordinator@casaofsola.org.

The mission of CASA of South Louisiana, is to provide specially selected and trained community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe and permanent homes.

Concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children's lives without sufficient information, a Seattle Judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court.

So successful was this Seattle program that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act.

Today more than 900 CASA program offices are in operation, with trained women and men serving as CASA volunteers. CASA of SoLA was founded in 2008 and became independent in 2010.