Each year, startling numbers of children enter into foster care through no fault of their own, their only crime was to trust a loved one. They are innocent victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. They belong to no one as they silently wait for judges to decide their future—often this decision has to be made without the judge having knowledge of the child’s best interests.  Many of these children become victims a second time, lost in an overburdened child welfare system that cannot pay close attention to each child whose life is in its hands.

Sometimes a child can remain adrift in foster care for months, even years,

with no one adult speaking on their behalf. No one seeking justice for them.

In Plaquemines Parish, that's where the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Plaquemines Parish volunteers step in to speak up for the best interests of the child. A CASA volunteer is appointed by a judge to recommend the best possible outcomes for an abused or neglected child. The ultimate goal of the CASA volunteer is to help ensure that every one of our Plaquemines Parish children can live in a safe, permanent home without “slipping through the cracks” of the system. To report child abuse or neglect, call Child Protective Services at 1-800-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437)


Classes for new CASA Volunteers will be starting soon!

If you are interested please submit an application at the link below

for more information, call Katelyn Osterbuhr (504) 393-5750 or email