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|CASA hosts information event Thursday, June 9|
CASA of Northeast Louisiana will host "Grow CASA with Friendships," an event to inform the community about the need for volunteer advocates.
A CASA — or court appointed special advocate — is appointed by a judge to be the voice of an abused or neglected child in the foster care system.
Current CASA advocates will share their personal experiences with the CASA program and offer advice on how to better advocate for a child in need.
The event will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at 622 Riverside Drive in Monroe. It is open to anyone who would like more information about CASA. Coffee and dessert will be provided.
The goal of CASA is that each child served will find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. Too often, children languish for years in the foster care system, with no hope of finding a permanent home or having a normal childhood. Studies have shown that when a CASA is involved a child's chances of finding a permanent home are doubled.
The role of a CASA is to act as an extra pair of eyes and ears for the judge, collecting information through observation and interviews with key players in the child's life and then reporting back to the judge. To become a CASA, you must be at least 21 years old and pass a federal background check. CASA volunteers devote an average of 5-10 hours to their child's case monthly.
For more information about how to become a CASA or about the "Grow CASA with Friendships" event, contact Anna Grimmett at 398-0945 or email@example.com.