'Forgotten Children' at the state capitol


POSTED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 8:09am

UPDATED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 4:49pm

In a year that saw over 5,700 valid cases of abuse and neglect in Louisiana, nearly 7,700 children spent time in the foster care system in 2010. To raise awareness for these otherwise "Forgotten Children" Louisiana CASA, in partnership with Children's Advocacy.

Centers of Louisiana, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, LA Foster and Adoptive Parents Association and LA Department of Children and Family Services, is holding its annual "Forgotten Children" campaign event at the Louisiana State Capitol on May 26th. To bring additional awareness to the cause, Governor Bobby Jindal has proclaimed May CASA Month in Louisiana. 

This year's event, taking place from 10 am to 3 pm, will feature National CASA CEO Michael Piraino, as well as a display of life-size pictures, representative of the many children in Louisiana 
who find themselves in foster care through no fault of their own.

There will be a press conference on the steps of the Capitol at 1 pm. 

The "Forgotten Children" campaign, started by National CASA Association in 2008, is sponsored nationally by the Dr. Phil Foundation, Jewelers for Children and Kappa Alpha Theta. 
Local and state CASA programs hold "Forgotten Children" events year round, but especially during May, National Foster Care Month. Louisiana CASA, and its affiliate local programs, advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children who enter the foster care system every day. 

Local programs train volunteers from their communities to advocate for these forgotten children as they navigate their way through a complex court system. Research has shown that children who receive a CASA volunteer are likely to spend less time in long-term foster care, and are less likely to re-enter the foster care system. 

For more information on the event, or how you can get involved with CASA, visit www.louisianacasa.org or call (225) 930-0305.  

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