Now is the time to Act Against Child Abuse!

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, CASA of Terrebonne challenges residents of Terrebonne Parish to stand against child abuse and take action to support children who have been abused or neglected. 

At any given time, there are 216 children in foster care in Terrebonne Parish. These children come into the child welfare system through no fault of their own. Children are coming into care here in Terrebonne Parish at an alarming rate with the majority being taken from their homes because of neglect and substance abuse by their parents. Every child deserves the support of a caring, consistent, trained adult to help them find a safe, loving home where they can heal and thrive.” 

Throughout the month of April, CASA of Terrebonne is calling on members of the community to help our program serve more of the parish’s most vulnerable children. Our goal is a CASA volunteer for every foster child in Terrebonne Parish

Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, however, spends 20 percent less time in foster care, on average, compared to a child without a CASA volunteer. Studies show children with a CASA volunteer receive more services that are critical to their well-being and are four times more likely to find a permanent home. 

CASA volunteers are a constant for the child in a time of chaos. A child may have multiple social workers, attorneys, therapists and foster placements throughout the life of the case but only one CASA volunteer, which can make all the difference for the child’s future.

CASA of Terrebonne is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA), a nationwide network of programs in nearly 1,000 communities. At the heart of the movement are nearly 87,000 highly trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of more than 280,000 of America’s children who have been abused or neglected. In Terrebonne Parish there are 56 volunteer advocates fighting for the best interests of 93 children but 123 more children need the care and support of a CASA volunteer

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