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CASA Program

CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates

A program that trains and supervises community volunteers from all walks of life to be a voice in Court for abused and neglected children, to help judges find them safe and permanent homes.

CASA Recruits and Trains...

community volunteers from all walks of life to advocate for children in need of care.

CASA Assists the Court...

in its determination of the best interest of children by providing a first-hand, independent perspective.

CASA Benefits...

our community by working to help end the cycle of child abuse.

CASA Helps...

children have what all children deserve - safe, permanent homes.

A CASA is a:

  • Fact Finder
  • Observer & Reporter
  • Monitor
  • Service Advocate
  • Courtroom testifier
  • Team conference participant

Helpful Links

The Louisiana CASA Association
The National CASA Association 
Optima (for YSB CASA Volunteers only - login required)
The Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy

Please call 985-649-4092 to request an information packet about the CASA program.
Volunteers are needed in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, and our next training starts soon!

CASA Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CASA volunteer?

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen who is assigned by a judge to represent the best interests in court of a child who has been abused or neglected. Children helped by CASA volunteers include those who are in the legal custody of the state (foster care).

What is the role of the CASA volunteer?

A CASA volunteer provides a judge with carefully researched background details about the child to help the court make a sound decision about that child’s future. Each foster care case is as unique as the child involved. The CASA volunteer makes recommendations in the best interest of the child – whether it is to return to their parents, to be placed with other family members, to be freed for adoption, or sometimes to remain in foster care a while longer. The CASA volunteer attends Court approximately once every 6 months to make recommendations and follows through on the case until it is permanently resolved.

What are the qualifications of a CASA volunteer?

A CASA volunteer is an individual who is at least 21 years of age, has successfully passed the application and screening process, is trained by the program, sworn-in as a CASA by the Judge, and appointed by the court to advocate for children who come into the court system as a result of abuse or neglect. The CASA volunteer respects a child’s inherent right to grow up with dignity in a safe environment that meets the child’s best interest, and advocates for the child’s best interest in the court at every stage of the case once appointed by the court. CASA volunteers are recruited without regard to race, gender, handicap, or age. The sole qualification for volunteer recruitment is the individual’s suitability to perform the CASA role.