Friday, October 2, 2015
Parish President Natalie Robottom and her administrative staff joined Ambassadors of the River Region Chamber of Commerce Child Advocacy Services, United Way Executive Director John Olynick to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for Child Advocacy Services (CAS) with CAS CEO Rob Carlisle, Advocate Supervisor Debbie Cray, and other staff members who recently relocated to 2840 W. Airline Hwy., Suite G in LaPlace.
The new location provides more space and confidentiality when meeting with families and children. The office is organized with a Play Therapy Room, a Counseling Office, and a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Office. It is staffed with two full-time employees and one part-time employee. CAS looks forward to hiring a third full-time staff member and partnering with AARP to get additional part-time office assistance to further enhance their operations. “St. John is the only parish to have prevention services to train adults how to prevent child abuse,” said Rob Carlisle, Chief Executive Officer. “They are dedicated to St. John alone.”
CAS is a private, non-profit agency providing services through the CASA program, CAC program and other services that support their mission “to give Voice, Healing, and Security to children. The agency offers advocacy, clinical services, and prevention education for children and families in 10 Southeast Louisiana Parishes including Ascension, Assumption, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, and Tangipahoa Parishes.
To make the program reality, the CASA program recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who serve as powerful voices for abused and neglected children as they navigate through the court system. CASA’s are community members appointed by a judge to advocate on a one-on-one basis for children in need of care. A CASA stands be beside the child with the primary goal of helping them reach a safe and permanent home. CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court.
Child Advocacy Services has been serving members of St. John the Baptist Parish for the past nine years and looks forward to continuing a strong relationship with the community. “CAS provides a critical service to our community,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “I encourage our residents to learn more about CAS and CASA and sign up to become an advocate for our children,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
For more information on CAS and becoming a CASA volunteer, visit www.childadv.net , call 985-536-8384, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.