CASA New Orleans

CASA New Orleans fights for the rights of abused and neglect children.

We provide trained volunteers to advocate for the best interest of foster children in the Orleans and St. Bernard court systems. Our goal is to ensure that every child has a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

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Category: Human Rights
Parish: Orleans
CASA volunteer Advocates act as the voice for foster children as they navigate the sometimes complex child welfare and juvenile court systems. They make and follow up on written recommendations to the judges in St. Bernard and Orleans Parishes to address all of the basic needs of the children in care including the educational issues that stem from abuse/neglect.

CASA New Orleans fights for the rights of abused and neglected children because we know that connection builds resilience and that resilient children become successful adults. Youth who receive a CASA Advocate who provide support on their cases are more likely to be adopted, less likely to return to foster care if reunified, have fewer moves while in care, and do better in school. Research shows that youth with a CASA Advocate score higher on nine protective factors, including interested adults, controls against deviant behavior, positive attitude towards the future, valuing achievement, ability to work with others and ability to work out conflicts. These protective factors increase resilience, helping former foster youth become strong, productive adults.

We have a 32 year success rate with foster youth in Orleans Parish, a well-established transitioning youth program with almost 5 years of resources and successes, and a St. Bernard community that has eagerly supported our expansion there this last year.