CASA, DCFS Partner in Recruitment Campaign for Volunteers, Foster Parents


Louisiana Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are partnering in a recruitment campaign for CASA volunteers and foster parents.

CASA and DCFS will hold a series of meetings across the state over the next seven weeks to provide information to interested individuals and families about the important roles that child advocates and foster parents play in ensuring the safety and well-being of the state's children. Representatives from CASA and DCFS will highlight the need for more volunteers and families in each region of the state and discuss how residents can get involved.

A list of meeting dates and locations can be found at the bottom of this release. Each meeting will last approximately an hour and will include presentations from CASA and DCFS representatives, followed by a question and answer period. Registration is not required to attend.

CASA volunteers are specially trained and supervised judicial appointees who advocate for the best interests of a child in foster care. Desired qualities in a CASA volunteer include commitment, tenacity, a willingness to learn the child welfare system and to fight for what is in the child's best interest.

Foster parents open their hearts and homes to children in the state's foster care system, providing a stable and nurturing environment for a child while working with DCFS and the child's family toward reunification, where appropriate. Desired qualities in foster parents include flexibility, generosity, respect for the dignity of a family and the willingness to care for a child as long as the child may need them.

Residents who are interested in finding out more should plan to attend one of the following meetings:

Date & Time Location Contact
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Central Library - DeBakey Meeting Room
301 W. Claude St.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

David Duplechain
CASA, a Division of Family & Youth
(337) 436-9533
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church Gym
900 Jordan St.
Shreveport, LA 71101

Kelli Todd
Volunteers for Youth Justice CASA
(318) 425-4413
Thursday, August 30, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Grace Church -- Champion Center
1103 W. 1st St.
DeRidder, LA 70634

Tommy Edwards
CASA of West Central Louisiana
(334) 462-4667
Thursday, September 6, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Varnado Store Museum Annex
1041 Cleveland Street
Franklinton, LA  70438
Mary Slazer
Youth Service Bureau CASA
(985) 893-2570
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Livingston Parish Library
Denham Springs-Walker Branch, East Room
8101 Hwy. 190
Denham Springs, LA 70726
Rob Carlisle
Child Advocacy Services CASA
(985) 902-9583

Thursday, September 20, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Nicholls State University
Student Union, Carnival Room
Thibodaux, LA 70301
CASA of Lafourche
Aimee Lemmon
(985) 446-6600
Thursday, September 27, 2018
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Lafayette Parish Library
Main Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
301 W. Congress St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
Heather Blanchard
(337) 268-5111