LOUISIANA CASA NEWS
The Fostering Hope Louisiana charitable fund gives kids a reason to smile. Foster parents can give love and raise children in their care. But they can’t afford some other necessities, such as a set of $6,000 braces. Fostering Hope Louisiana is developing a network of orthodontists and raising funds to ensure that children in foster care can receive the orthodontic treatment they need.
Fostering Hope Louisiana’s mission is to address the oral and mental health needs of youth in foster care thereby cultivating their potential and equipping them to successfully embrace their future. Fostering Hope Louisiana has recruited orthodontists who provide their services at a discount, often at their own cost. Their generosity means Fostering Hope Louisiana can serve more children with money that is raised.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
As an attorney for the State of Louisiana, Leslie Lacy has been the voice of over 1,000 children in foster care. In helping them find their own voice too, she noticed that some could use a little more courage. Leslie and her husband, Dr. Fred Lacy, who chairs the Electrical Engineering Department at Southern University, started Fostering Hope Louisiana to pay for medically necessary braces for children in foster care.
Leslie is a children’s attorney for Mental Health Advocacy Service. In that job, she is the voice for foster children and ensures that those responsible are meeting their needs. She earned a law degree from Louisiana State University (2005) and Bachelor’s in International Affairs from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania (1995). Leslie worked for the National Academies in Washington, D.C., before attending law school.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Brittany Butler, former foster youth
- Curtis Calloway, retired 19th JDC Judge
- Dr. James Fruge, orthodontist
- Tara Haney, adoptive foster parent
- Audrey Lamb, attorney and director of Indigent Parent Program
- Dr. Bettye Mashack, retired educator
- Richard Moncriffe III, therapist at Methodist Home for Children of Greater New Orleans
- Sharon Norwood, CASA supervisor and foster parent
- Emily Soule, adoptive foster parent
- Brandon Taylor, former foster youth
Fostering Hope Louisiana’s fund is managed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a community foundation that has made grants on behalf of its donors for more than 55 years.
Learn more on their website, https://www.fhlouisiana.org/