Court Appointed Special Advocates of South Louisiana
There is a growing number of children in and around this area that are being abused and neglected. Consequently, they may be removed from their current living environment and be placed into the foster care system. This is through no fault of their own. They are innocent victims of abuse and neglect who must rely on the court to decide their future. Many of these children are constantly relocated because they cannot adjust, while others age out of the system and never get the opportunity to experience what we call a real family and a place to call home. Since 2008, CASA of South Louisiana has helped make a difference in the lives of foster children in Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion Parishes. Thats where YOU come in! We will provide you with the necessary training to advocate for these children. You will make an everlasting positive impact on their lives. Still, more than 400 children are in need of a CASA volunteer. Become a CASA volunteer TODAY or donate to help us in our mission of providing each child with a voice.
OUR MISSION AND FUNDING
The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates of South Louisiana is to break the
cycle of child abuse and neglect and to advocate for safe, permanent, and nurturing
homes for children.
How is CASA funded?
CASA SoLA is a private, non profit organization, managed by a board of directors and operated by staff. We receive funding from a variety of sources including, National CASA Association, Temporary Aid for Needy Families, Grants as well as other private foundations, corporations and individuals.
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. This Seattle program was so successful 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. In 2020 CASA of SoLA formed administrative partnership with United Way of Acadiana where together we are United for Children!