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About CASA


Every year, more than three million children nationally are reported abused or neglected.  Despite the states' attempts to help, many of these kids become trapped in the court and child welfare maze and can spend their childhood moving from one temporary shelter to another.

History of the CASA Movement

In 1977, a Seattle Superior Court Judge named David Soukup was concerned about trying to make decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children without enough information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court. He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement.

Today, there are more than 59,000 advocates serving in 954 state and local program offices nationwide. CASA programs across the country are known by several different names, including Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates and Voices for Children.

Since the inception of CASA advocacy, volunteers have helped more than 2 million children find safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive.


To report incidences of child abuse, please call the Department of Children and Families on the state hotline at



Impact of Advocates


Child abuse and neglect can be prevented and stopped, and families strengthened, by proven programs that work! CASA provides a unique response on behalf of children that are:
  • at risk of not having adequate nourishment or clothing or shelter.
  • at risk of physical injury or illness or handicap without adequate medical care.
  • at risk of not being encouraged, or consoled, or nurtured by a caring and trusted adult.
  • at risk of lingering in foster care, wanting for a permanent, stable and secure home.


For more information about volunteering, please click here.

CASA of West CenLA

Beauregard Parish

420 McMahon St.

DeRidder, LA 70634

Phone:  (337) 462-4667

Fax:  (337) 462-1554

CASA of West CenLA

Vernon Parish

113 S. 3rd St

Leesville, LA 71446

Phone:  (337) 239-1970

Fax:  (337) 239-1960