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Who We Are

Louisiana CASA is the statewide association for the 17 local CASA programs. We raise awareness of the need for CASA across our state and provide support, training, resources, and oversight to maintain high-quality programs that serve children’s best interests. We advocate for legislation that benefits children in foster care and the CASA volunteers who work on their behalf.


Our mission is to build, support, and advocate for a statewide network of Court-Appointed volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children.


Our vision is that every Louisiana

child be assured a safe and permanent home.

Louisiana CASA

The Louisiana Court Appointed Special Advocates Association is one of 49 state organizations across the United States supporting local CASA programs as they serve youth in foster care through training, advocacy, connection, awareness, and support. Louisiana CASA is a member of the National CASA Association.



We serve local CASA programs through technical assistance, training opportunities, materials, and resources to address the educational, health, and other needs of youth in foster care.



We serve communities by providing leadership at the state level, communicating the CASA perspective, and advocating for child welfare policies that benefit youth in foster care and the CASA volunteers by their side.



We serve CASA volunteers and program staff by facilitating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and sharing of best practices. We are stronger together.



We serve the CASA cause by amplifying the voice of local CASA programs through marketing and communication, community collaboration, public engagements, and networking.

Local CASA Programs


At the local level, the local CASA programs recruit, train and supervise Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to advocate for children involved in the child welfare system and improve their well-being.


Currently, there are 17 local programs who serve

61 parishes in Louisiana.

“CASA volunteers play a unique role on behalf of some of our most vulnerable children. Their commitment, vigilance and persistence offer hope where there has been little.”

– Marian Wright Edelman, Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund



Kathleen Stewart Richey

Executive Director

Amanda Moody

Director of Member Services

Morgan Washington

Director of Outreach & Recruitment

Wanda Joseph

Board of Directors

Benjamin Huxen

Municipal Police Employee’s Retirement System
East Baton Rouge Parish

Jacqueline Nash-Grant
Vice Chair

Southern University Law Center
East Baton Rouge Parish

Gloria Nye

Higher Education Administrator, Retired
East Baton Rouge Parish

Teresa Lawrence

Delta Administrative
Services, LLC.
Jefferson Parish

Larry Attenhofer

Hancock Whitney Bank
Lafayette Parish

Herman Brister

East Baton Rouge
Parish School System
East Baton Rouge Parish

Judge Angela Claxton

6th Judicial District Judge
Madison Parish

Lynn Farris

Office of Public Defender,
19th JDC
East Baton Rouge Parish

Sherry Spivey Guarisco

Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families
East Baton Rouge Parish

Darwin Jones

Caddo Parish
Sheriff's Office
Caddo Parish

Karen Levo Lucas

United States Attorney’s
Office, Retired
Bossier Parish

Lucy McGough

LSU Law School, Retired
East Baton Rouge Parish

Deron Patin

Louisiana Office of
Juvenile Justice
Livingston Parish

Anselmo Rodriguez

Blue Cross Blue Shield
of Louisiana
Ascension Parish

Cinnamon Salvador

Calcasieu Parish
Sheriff’s Office

Calcasieu Parish

Leteya Scott

Department of Children
and Family Services
Calcasieu Parish

Shelton Michelle

US Center for SafeSport
Ascension Parish

Anita Tennant-Mack

The Law Office of
Anita T. Mack
Ouachita Parish

Thomas Williams Renita

In Loving Arms Pediatric
Day Health Center
East Baton Rouge Parish


Core Values

  • We value the worth of children and families.

  • We value a child’s right to a safe and permanent home.

  • We value and support local CASA programs in their efforts to serve abused and neglected children through best practices and quality advocacy

  • We value policy and practices that support the priorities and needs of abused and neglected children

  • We value responsible stewardship of association resources to provide services to the CASA network

  • We value the strength and uniqueness that defines the cultural and racial diversity of Louisiana’s communities and families

  • We value the opportunity to promote and participate in collaborative efforts which support the best interest and welfare of all of Louisiana’s children and their families.

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