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A powerful voice for abused and neglected children.
Annually, CASA volunteers serve almost 200 children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.
 In 2018 CASA;
– 80 CASA Volunteers devoted 3,738 hours to serving children.
– 47 cases were closed.
– CASA Volunteers participated in 923 hours of training
– CASA Volunteers traveled 42,324 miles for visits with children and their guardians

Make a difference in a child’s life today,
click here to complete the volunteer application.

Court Appointed Special Advocates, a division of Family & Youth, are volunteers who speak in court for a child’s best interest. Judges appoint a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to an abused or neglected child who has been removed from his or her home. The CASA volunteer helps to ensure that the child receives appropriate care, whether from a foster home or relative’s home while he or she is in the court system. Volunteers are trained and supported by CASA staff at Family & Youth.

Some of the services CASA provides are case management, volunteer training, child abuse education and awareness, court support, services coordination and consultation.

Click here to become a CASA volunteer.

Volunteer Resources


2019 Newsletters

2018 Newsletters

2017 Newsletters

2016 Newsletters

Training Schedule

CASA Volunteer training takes place three times a year.

The last training for 2019 is as follows:
October 5, 12, 19, 26 from 9am to 4pm

*You must attend all four sessions in a training period.

To volunteer now click here or contact Erika Simon at 337-436-9533 or [email protected]

  • For more information about CASA please contact:

    220 Louie Street | Lake Charles, LA 70601
    337-436-9533 | [email protected]

  • Program provided in partnership with

    Louisiana Supreme CourtLouisiana Commission on Law Enforcement logoCourt Appointed Special Advocates logo

Family & Youth has a long history of developing specialized programs to meet the community’s needs. It strives to be abreast of changing dynamics in the community to be able to address important issues.

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