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    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 casabr.org or email volunteer@casabr.org 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

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    Casas for CASA fundraiser to benefit nonprofit’s advocacy for abused children

    Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocates Association announces the 23rd annual Casas for CASA playhouse fundraiser presented by title sponsor Faulk and Meek General Contractors. Casas for CASA generates awareness and funding to support CASA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of abused children.

    The fundraiser kicks off July 16 from 5-8 p.m. with CASA Fiesta at the Renaissance Hotel. The event will feature Mexican cuisine donated by Caliente Mexican Craving, a silent auction and a wine pull. Tickets are $50 each and will be available online at casabr.org, at the door or by phone at (225) 379-8598. Dress is summer casual.

    The 2017 “Grand Victorian” CASA playhouse will be on display July 22-Aug. 13 at the Mall of Louisiana in the main entrance corridor near center court. Raffle tickets are $5 each and will be available online at casabr.org, at the mall or at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave. The playhouse was designed by Lilliput Play Homes and assembled by local builder and title sponsor Faulk and Meek General Contractors.

    Casas for CASA concludes with the playhouse giveaway on Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. Faulk and Meek General Contractors will deliver the playhouse to the winner within 60 miles of the mall. Winner need not be present to win.

    All proceeds benefit Capital Area CASA Association, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in need of safe, permanent homes. The fundraiser enables Capital Area CASA to continue serving every child in East Baton Rouge Parish who needs a voice. Platinum sponsors include Caliente Mexican Craving, Community Network, Lamar Advertising, Mall of Louisiana, Renaissance Hotel and Republic Finance.

    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.

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  • Lacy receives award for work with abused and neglected children

    Leslie Lacy, an attorney with the Child Advocacy Program of Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Services, received the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award at the Together We Can Conference, Oct. 13-15 in Lafayette, La.

    Orleans Parish Juvenile Judge Ernestine Gray, left, presents attorney Leslie Lacy with the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award

    Orleans Parish Juvenile Judge Ernestine Gray, left, presents attorney Leslie Lacy with the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award

    Lacy’s long-term commitment to improving the lives of children is evident in her seven years representing abused and neglected children in foster care in East Baton Rouge Parish. She zealously advocates for her clients’ best interests, ensures their voices are heard and goes above and beyond to help them reach safe, permanent homes.

    The staff of Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association nominated Lacy for the award. CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who serve as advocates for children in foster care. Lacy often works with Capital Area CASA’s staff and volunteers to strategize and further advance her clients’ best interests.

    The award was created in memory of Catherine Lafleur, an attorney and law professor who worked to protect abused and neglected children in Louisiana. She lost her battle with cancer in 2006.

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