Child Advocacy Services (CAS) in Denham Springs recently moved back into their offices on Florida Blvd. after suffering a devastating loss in the August floods, and they were visited by newly appointed Ward 2 City Court Judge Jerry Denton.
Staff shared with Judge Denton information on the agency’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) Programs.
The purpose of the visit was to acquaint him with the role these programs play in the courtroom.
The local CASA program’s purpose is to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers from the community to serve as powerful voices for children.
A CASA speaks on behalf of the child’s best interest with the primary goal of helping them reach a safe and permanent home.
The CAC conducts forensic interviews in a safe, child-friendly environment for children who have disclosed sexual or physical abuse.
In addition to these programs, additional advocacy, resources, and prevention education services are offered through the organization.
“The goal of the agency and of Judge Denton is to make sure things run smoothly in the courtroom,” advises LaKisha Hills Penn, CASA Program Director.
During his visit, Judge Denton was also informed of the list of children in the 21st JDC that are currently waiting for a CASA to be assigned to their case.
There are over 100 children waiting to be assigned a CASA in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes.
Child Advocacy Services is a private, non-profit, organization providing services and advocacy through their mission to give voice, healing, and security to children.
CAS provides assistance to children and families in ten parishes including Ascension, Assumption, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John and Tangipahoa.