Message from Executive Director Wendy Magee
Martin Luther King once said, “The most persistent and urgent question is, "what are you doing for others?”
As advocates, you can say “I am making a difference in the life of a child!” – and not just any child, a child in need of a voice!
Living up to your desire to make a change in society is admirable, you not only make a difference in your homes, but you have volunteered to make a difference in others.
That is what service is about, that is what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would
have wanted to see in this world – positive change. And although there are
lots to be concerned about in today’s climate, we know that there is much more
to be celebrating and coming together for – Children!
In our state, children and their biological families continue to be a priority in our community.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a new law (Act 350) on June 17, 2021
amending and enacting Children’s Code Articles 672 and 702. This new law Act 350 created requirements for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to complete
diligent searches for adult relatives and significant individuals of children who enter
foster care and a new Permanency Hearing finding for children under the age of 6 in
certain circumstances. Additionally, the Act allows the court, current caregiver, or child,
within 15 days of a placement change, to motion for a contradictory hearing to determine
whether removal from the current caregiver was in the child’s best interest.
CASA Jefferson Staff wishes all of our volunteer advocates a Happy Valentine’s Day and
we encourage everyone to celebrate Black History Month by stepping outside of
your daily lives and learn more about the contributions of African Americans.
Lydia Galligan Mulero
Sarah K Letourneau
Valerie Duplessis – 13yrs
Chris Cazenave – 6yrs
Ben Haney – 6yrs
Monica Fernandez - 4yrs
Kathleen Murphy – 4yrs
Vanessa Stemley – 4yrs
Allison Ulrich - 4yrs
Aneesah King- 2yrs
Loreny Quintin – 2yrs
Citation: Children's Code Art. 603(17)
Mandatory reporters include any of the following individuals:
Standards for Making a Report - A report is required when:
CASA JEFFERSON's Mission is to break the cycle of child abuse
and neglect through volunteers advocating for
safe, nurturing, and permanent homes
for foster children in our community.
CASA JEFFERSON's Vision is to have volunteers
recruited, trained and assigned to every child in the
foster care system in Jefferson Parish.
New Volunteer Advocate Pre-Service Training classes are
Self-Guided and completed On-Line.
As of February 1, 2023,
we have 28 children waiting for a volunteer to advocate for them.
If you know anyone who would be interested in becoming a volunteer have them call our office (504 533-8757) or email Ms. Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Link: www.runsignup.com/Race/65952/Charity/6882
Safety Tips - Mardi Gras
P PLEASE SHARE THESE TIPS WITH YOUR CASA CHID AND THEIR FOSTER FAMILIES