CASA thanks community members for support

Michelle Blum Gallo, CASA Director of Community Outreach

Child Advocacy Services’ Cottages for CASA playhouse was a tremendous success due to the local support from our community members. The money raised from this raffle helps Child Advocacy Services (CAS) continue serving abused and neglected children in our community. CAS is grateful for the continued support from our community.

In 2010, CAS’ CASA program served 475 children with 241 volunteers providing 9,169 volunteers hours. 186 children were placed in safe and permanent homes. Out of the 475 children, 102 resided in Ascension and Assumption Parishes.

The Children’s Advocacy Center program conducted 461 forensic interviews and provided 1,594 hours of counseling to 309 clients in 2010. Eighty-one children were interviewed in Ascension Parish.

The agency welcomes Hammond City Councilman, Mike Williams and Luling resident John Harmon to the 2011 board of directors. They join Sherry Beall, Lisa Casas, Alexis Ducorbier, Tracy Dahmer Farris, Randall Jackson, Paige Moody, Mary Pirosko, Ronald St. Pierre, Elsbet Smith and Dr. Chris Wroten.

Child Advocacy Services (CAS) was founded in Hammond and Ponchatoula in 1993. Child Advocacy Services provides advocacy and clinical services for children and families through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Children’s Advocacy Center Programs. The Children’s Advocacy Center conducts interviews for law enforcement and child protection services for victims of abuse as well as offers clinical services to children and families.

Additionally, CAS supports a variety of preventive counseling services including individual, family, group and education initiatives. CAS has set its focus for 2011 on quality of services in its original mission to give voice, healing, and security to children.

Those interested in learning how they can help are free to explore the agency’s website – or call 800-798-1575.