Blacks ‘urgently’ needed to advocate in court for CASA’s abused, neglected children

Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association urgently needs African American individuals to speak up for abused and neglected children to help them find forever families.

CASA volunteers serve as voices for children in the foster care system to help them reach safe, permanent homes and ensure their needs are being met. In 2018, nearly 70% of the children served by Capital Area CASA were African American, yet only about a third of the organization’s volunteers were African American.

These children need volunteers with whom they can identify. An African American CASA volunteer also provides a positive influence as a powerful advocate who has the ability to make a difference in a child’s life. You can help change a child’s story.

No special background is required to become a CASA volunteer. The first step to getting involved is to attend one of the following 45-minute orientation sessions at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave. Call (225) 379-8598, visit or email for more information.

  • 9 a.m., Monday, November 25
  • 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 4
  • 10 a.m., Saturday, December 14
  • 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 17
  • 9 a.m., Monday, December 23
  • 4:30 p.m., Monday, December 30

CASA is accepting people into its next volunteer training class, which begins January 14, 2020.

The mission of Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association is to advocate for timely placement of abused and neglected children in permanent, safe, and stable homes. ℜ

By Erin Fulbright
Special to The Drum