Child Advocacy Services changes lives through volunteering

Published 7:51 am Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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LAPLACE — Child Advocacy Services is a non-profit agency providing services through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. CASA serves the River Region area, and there is always a need for volunteers to represent children in the foster care system.
The next training for St. John the Baptist Parish is May 5.

Those interested in becoming a voice for a child can contact Donna Bliss at or call 985-902-9583.

A social worker or law enforcement background is not required to make the difference in the life of a child. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life.

“We are assigned to a child’s case through the judicial system,” Bliss said. “As the agency that trains volunteers, it is our job to have volunteers ready to go when we receive assignments. Sometimes we do have children who are waiting, and our volunteers are already assigned to other children. That creates a gap.”

Child Advocacy Services is open to establishing community partnerships with local churches and other organizations to host upcoming trainings.