A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, specially trained and supervised, is appointed by a Judge to speak up for a child in foster care. CASA volunteers help to secure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children by investigating and monitoring cases involving children in foster care.
Louisiana CASA is the statewide association for 17 local CASA programs serving 61 parishes. We work to connect each part of the CASA community and empower the local programs to perform at their highest level. At the local level, the programs recruit, train and supervise Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to advocate for children involved in the child welfare system and improve their well-being. At the state level, Louisiana CASA provides support, training and services to help the local programs operate effectively
CASA volunteers help to secure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children by investigating and monitoring cases involving children in foster care.
Volunteer hours for children
IN VOLUNTEER SERVICES
Louisiana’s CASA Volunteer of the Month
Mary Trahan, CASA of St. Landry-Evangeline
Mary is a life-long resident of Opelousas, Louisiana. She is a wife, a mother of four sons, a grandmother of eleven, and a great-grandmother of one. She is also an employee of the St. Landry Parish School Board and a member of Greater Shiloh Baptist Church of Opelousas.
Mrs. Trahan has been a CASA volunteer with CASA of St. Landry-Evangeline, Inc since 2019. Her first case closed successfully in May of this year. She worked with her CASA child, grandparents, and father who lived out of state to help her CASA child find permanency. Thanks to Mary’s advocacy on behalf of her CASA child, her CASA child was able to complete all of their educational requirements in St. Landry Parish before going to live at their forever home with their father in Texas.