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CASA Readies "Stand Up for an Abused Child" Event

CASA of Northeast Louisiana is inviting the region to stand up for abused and neglected children. “Stand Up For an Abused Child” will be held Thursday, October 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Forsythe Park in Monroe.
MONROE- CASA of Northeast Louisiana is inviting the region to stand up for abused and neglected children. “Stand Up For an Abused Child” will be held Thursday, October 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Forsythe Park in Monroe. CASA staff and volunteers from the community will stand to bring awareness to the issue of abuse and neglect faced by an average of 1,000 children a year in Northeast Louisiana.

CASA is inviting individuals and groups to come stand up for abused children so they can stand a chance. At the event, community members can also learn more about how they can get involved and be the voice of abused and neglected children. If you are interested in standing for any length of time and showing support for abused and neglected children, please contact Adam McDonald at 398-0945 or amcdonald@cfcfnela.org.

As part of the event, Monroe City Court Judge Jeff Joyce will be on hand to swear in a new group of CASA volunteers at noon. These new volunteers will take the CASA oath and officially become officers of the court. Also during the event, standers will have the opportunity to participate in an art project to commemorate the event.

A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, is a volunteer from the community trained to speak up for abused and neglected children in court. CASA is seeking concerned community members to step up and make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child. It is CASA’s goal that each child served will find a safe, permanent home. When a CASA volunteer is involved, a child’s chances of finding a safe, permanent home are doubled.

CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to be the voice of a child in court and speak out for the child’s best interest. Volunteers act as extra eyes and ears for the judge, gathering information from key people in the child’s life and reporting back to the judge their recommended course of action. CASA volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, pass a background check and complete the CASA training course.

The next training class to become a CASA volunteer begins on October 22nd. If you’d like more information about how you can become a Court Appointed Special Advocate and stand up for an abused or neglected child, contact Jessica Bryant today at 398-0945 or jbryant@cfcfnela.org.

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