CASA advocates learn about ‘Pillars’ program

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Story and photos by Carolyn Roy

Advocates, members and supporters of CASA of North Louisiana met Oct. 12 for a shrimp boil at the Blues Room to hear about a new program that will make the holiday season a little brighter for abused and neglected children in Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine Parishes.

CASA Executive Director Jack Duty explained that “Pillars” is a program in which a monthly gift of $10 or more will help provide Christmas gifts and other services for these children. Those participating in “Pillars” can arrange for a base support monthly contribution through a bank draft. There are 25 “Pillars” already signed up and Duty has a goal of at least 100. “It’s a program for like-minded people who believe as we do,” Duty said.

Each year, CASA provides assistance to about 100 abused or neglected children in this area. When a child is removed from their parents, as a result of abuse or neglect and placed in the foster care system, many difficult decisions must be made regarding the child’s future. With assistance of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, judges are better equipped to make decisions leading to children growing up in a safe, permanent home.

CASA volunteers are trained to make independent and objective recommendations regarding the best interests of the child. “The money is for the children,” Duty said. For more information about becoming a “Pillar” or information about CASA, the CASA office is at 1200 Keyser Avenue, Suite B.

The telephone number is (318)238-2446. Make checks payable to CASA and mail to: CASA 1200 Keyser Ave., Suite B., Natchitoches, LA 71457 CASA of Central La Inc. serves the children of Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine Parish.