Apr 8, 2014

"LIGHT" up a child's life!!!

During the entire month of April 2014--

Shop at any Amy's Country Candle store in Houma or Thibodaux, using the flyer posted below. Or just mention us at the store or in the comment section of your online order. They will then give a portion of your purchase to CASA of Lafourche

April Volunteer of the Month

Join me in congratulating our Volunteer of the Month for April, Ms. Arlean Love.
Ms. Arlean Love has had previous experience as an advocate with CASA of New Orleans, and she accepted her first case with them in 2009. Ms. Arlean moved to Lafourche Parish and was part of our 16th training class in the spring of 2013. She was sworn in with CASA of Lafourche on March 28, 2013 and accepted her first case with us on May 23. 2013.

Mar 5, 2014

Register Now!

Register now to participate in a great day of healthy outdoor walking, running and cycling.

If you are not into the whole exercise thing then sign up for a fantastic after party of food, fun and music.

See you this Saturday
March 8th
from 2:00 - 9:00 pm.
Peltier Park, Thibodaux

March Volunteer of the Month

Mr. and Mrs. John Burns
enjoying our annual volunteer banquet

Advocate of the Month is JOHN BURNS Mr. John attended our first lower Lafourche Parish
training in May 2013.

He is a retired Social Service Professional who felt he wanted to use his educational and professional experience in helping abused and neglected kids in our parish have a voice in court. So he decided to honor CASA of Lafourche in his resume. Soon thereafter, Mr. John was asked about taking a case he accepted immediately. 

His case was with an infant and toddler. He attended court, visited with the children in their placement, interviewed mom who was incarcerated and everyone else involved in the case. Time went by very quick and Mr. John saw his first case to a happy reunification of a father and his two sons. There were tears to be seen in the dad’s eyes that day in court. 

Within a month, Mr. John was asked about accepting another case with three children and he immediately accepted the case. This case included a drug addicted mother and 3 biological fathers. Mr. John advocated for the children’s educational, physical, and emotional needs. He visited with all parties involved in the case, spent hours in court, and made sure that he remained objective. He continues to monitor this case and the children have just completed their 1st week of being back in the home with their mother with supervision. 

Thank You for your hard work and patience in this case. Well done, sir! Well done! CONGRATULATIONS on being CASA Advocate of the Month for March 2014. You deserve it!!

Feb 14, 2014

Phyllis Lear, CASA Volunteer
CASA is proud to announce February’s Volunteer of the Month, Mrs. Phyllis Lear!! Phyllis has been with CASA for several years now and has played an integral role in many aspects of our program. She began as a supporter for our CASA program long before she became a volunteer. At a time in which we did not have a facility to host meetings in our office, she hosted our monthly board meetings in the book store she managed. She has donated her artwork for CASA fundraisers and continues to donate her time and energy in assisting us to improve our pro-gram. Phyllis swore in as a CASA with our 8th training class on November 12, 2009 and immediately began working her first case on November 20, 2009. She accepted her second case on August 25, 2011.

Phyllis is definitely a firecracker and is not afraid to speak up for her children! Of the 5 children that she has advocated for, the cases have included many severe situations including: medical neglect, drug abuse, mental illness, physical and mental disabilities and sexual exploitation. Phyllis continued to advocate for her children until the end, no matter what the situation involved and finally all 5 of her CASA children have been secured in a safe home. Both cases finally closed in 2012/2013. Phyllis acted as an AmeriCorp VISTA volunteer for CASA of Lafourche in 2011-2012 in which she developed presentations and media outlets to improve volunteer training and our public relations/volunteer recruitment efforts. She worked various booths and events with efforts to recruit new vol-unteers and has taught several volunteer training classes. She created and implemented our first CASA website and is currently developing our new and improved website. She has developed a means for our program to accept internet registration and payment for the 2014 CASA 5K.

Her art work has been featured in various museums and art shows, she has developed an array of curriculum to teach children art techniques and she was featured in the January 2014 issue of POV Magazine for her newest entrepreneurial venture- Art Jams, LLC. Phyllis is an educator, entrepreneur, artist, wife, mother and grandmother of 2 precious little ones and she is a CASA volunteer- in every way imaginable. We are very proud to have a volunteer like you Phyllis and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything that you have done and continue to do to improve the outcome for our children.

Dec 18, 2013

Clarissa Lawson, Court Appointed Special Advocate
Clarissa was sworn in and was eager to accept her 1st case in October 2012 with 2 children and a new supervisor. Within 6 weeks of accepting her 1st case, she had to gather all kinds of information, visit her kids, write a court report, attend and testify in court. Although she was overwhelmed and nervous she did a fantastic job! 

Over the past 12 months, she has written three court reports,
attended three court hearings, observed family visits, counseling sessions and FTC meetings. She has spoken to several teachers and schools to advocate on her CASA girls behalf, and advocated for extended medical testing to ensure their    future health. Clarissa has been a constant encouragement and support to her CASA girls. She has also gained a trustful relationship with the biological grandmother and visited the children monthly in their placement. Clarissa enjoys sitting on the floor playing games, helping them clean their room, and celebrating their special day with a birthday cake and gifts.  She has been a positive, objective     advocate in a difficult and uncertain case. She has a huge heart that surrounds her CASA girls and their situation and she continuously shows how much she cares for them. Clarissa is committed to seeing them permanently adopted by their maternal grandmother.

Clarissa is also active in many CASA events throughout the year. She has volunteered for the Christmas Parade, The Run for the Child 5K, sold raffle tickets for the Home Sweet Home Playhouse, and has donated snack items and gifts when needed. Although Clarissa has a full-time job and attends school, she is always able to complete her CASA responsibilities. These are some of the reasons why we CELEBRATE CLARISSA LAWSON for being our awesome volunteer of the month for December 2013. Thanks for your dedication and hard work! 

Nov 4, 2013

Eugene Gregory, CASA Volunteer
This Month's Volunteer of 
the Month goes to 
Mr. Eugene Gregory! 

Where do we start when speaking of the things Mr. Eugene has done and continues to do in support of the CASA mission?!  Mr. Eugene has a long standing history as a Court Appointed Special Advocate as he accepted his first case in June 2010 and through his dedication and selflessness, He has gone on to advocate for 8 children.  With the strong belief that each child deserves consistency and permanency, Mr. Eugene decided that he needed to be relieved from his duties as a CASA to focus on work obligations.  Once he felt he would be able to resume his role, He accepted his 4th case with CASA of Lafourche in January 2013! Currently on his 4th case, Mr. Eugene remains active and engaged in both his case and growing his skills as an advocate.  He speaks up boldly inside and outside of court, remaining objective and active in seeing that his CASA child receives what is in his best interest.  He is never afraid to disagree in order to achieve the best outcomes for the families that he works with.  We appreciate his resiliency, the thorough work that he contributes and his tireless efforts in seeking change in our system.  He has truly dedicated himself to the children that he works with and sees no boundaries in traveling, time and effort.  He has traveled to Texas to monitor a biological parent's home- no questions asked.  I guess you can say that Mr. Eugene is "sold-out" to the CASA mission.  His actions carry a purpose, is never shy to raise questions and he knows how to get the job done.  I believe he has truly grasped the idea that advocacy has no purpose if there is no change-we don't do things to check them off of a list, but to use resources and trainings that we have to promote change.  We cannot express or thank him enough for everything that he has done and continues to do in seeking change in the outcomes for our children.  Thank you Mr. Eugene for remaining a part of the CASA family.  We love you!          

Oct 31, 2013

This year's annual Together We Can Conference was awesome! It included 3 days packed with workshops aimed at professionals and volunteers working together to make a difference for abused and neglected children.  The Conference brought together members of CASA, CAC, Judges, Parent's Attorneys, Child's Attorneys, DCFS, Educators and Mental Health professionals.  There were some awesome speakers that provided valuable continuing education for our staff and volunteers.  The 2014 Together We Can is scheduled for October 28-30, 2014.  Hope to see you there! visit www.latwc.com for more information