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Inclusion in Action

We are committed to embracing diversity, promoting equity, and fostering inclusion within our organization and the communities we serve. We believe that every child deserves to have their voice heard and their unique identity respected.

Our Current DEI Strategic Goals

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Crafting a DEI Statement

At Louisiana CASA, we recognize the profound impact of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) on our mission to advocate for the welfare of children in the foster care system. As part of our commitment to fostering a culture of equity and belonging, we are dedicated to crafting a comprehensive DEI statement that articulates our values, principles, and objectives.

Our DEI statement will serve as a guiding beacon, reaffirming our organization's unwavering commitment to embracing diversity in all its forms, promoting equity in access to services and opportunities, and fostering an inclusive environment where every individual feels valued, respected, and empowered to thrive.

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DEI Data Analysis

In our pursuit of promoting DEI within Louisiana CASA and the communities we serve, we recognize the critical importance of data-driven insights. To this end, we are embarking on a comprehensive data analysis initiative to assess the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and identify areas for improvement.

Through rigorous data collection, analysis, and interpretation, we aim to gain a deeper understanding of the demographic composition of our workforce, the experiences of those we serve, and the effectiveness of our DEI initiatives. By leveraging data-driven insights, we can make informed decisions, track progress, and continuously refine our strategies to advance DEI goals.

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DEI Planning Framework

Building upon the insights gleaned from our data analysis, we are committed to developing a robust DEI strategic planning framework that will guide our efforts in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across all facets of our organization and local programs.

Our strategic planning framework will outline clear objectives, actionable strategies, and measurable outcomes aimed at advancing DEI goals within Louisiana CASA and empowering our local programs to cultivate inclusive environments that reflect the diverse communities they serve. Through collaborative engagement with stakeholders, ongoing assessment, and iterative refinement, we will ensure that our DEI strategic plan remains dynamic, responsive, and impactful in driving meaningful change.

Louisiana CASA's Statement on DEI

At Louisiana CASA Association, we are dedicated to fostering strong relationships and establishing partnerships with individuals, organizations, and businesses that reflect the diverse identities and cultures of the children and families we serve. We firmly believe that embracing a wide range of voices and perspectives will enhance our ability to provide effective advocacy and achieve better outcomes for our youth.

 

We recognize that there are several complex issues that demand our attention:

  • Economic Challenges
    Families facing financial hardships often feel marginalized and penalized due to their circumstances.
  • Historically Underserved Communities
    Children from historically underserved and marginalized communities are disproportionately represented in the foster care system and are less likely to encounter caseworkers, service providers, lawyers, judges, or CASAs who share their lived experiences.
  • LGBTQIA+ Youth
    LGBTQIA+ youth encounter increased discrimination, harassment, and hostility within the foster care system, leading to a higher-than-average rate of suicide.
  • Undocumented Children
    Undocumented children live in constant fear of family separation and experience significant barriers to accessing essential educational, health, and housing services.
  • Children with Disabilities
    Children with disabilities often experience isolation and difficulties in having their unique needs met.

To address these challenges and embody our values, we commit to the following principles at all levels of our work:

  • Economic Challenges
    Families facing financial hardships often feel marginalized and penalized due to their circumstances.
  • Historically Underserved Communities
    Children from historically underserved and marginalized communities are disproportionately represented in the foster care system and are less likely to encounter caseworkers, service providers, lawyers, judges, or CASAs who share their lived experiences.
  • LGBTQIA+ Youth
    LGBTQIA+ youth encounter increased discrimination, harassment, and hostility within the foster care system, leading to a higher-than-average rate of suicide.
  • Undocumented Children
    Undocumented children live in constant fear of family separation and experience significant barriers to accessing essential educational, health, and housing services.
  • Children with Disabilities
    Children with disabilities often experience isolation and difficulties in having their unique needs met.

At Louisiana CASA Association, we wholeheartedly embrace the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. By acting upon these values, we can work together to create a brighter future for the children and families we serve, leaving a lasting positive impact on their lives. 

Louisiana CASA's
DEI DATA Dashboard

The DEI Data Dashboard offers a comprehensive snapshot of Louisiana CASA's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) across the organization. Designed to provide transparency and accountability, the dashboard presents key metrics and insights derived from data collected during the 2022 and 2023 calendar years.

Our DEI Data Dashboard is segmented by CASA regions, allowing stakeholders to explore DEI-related indicators specific to their respective areas. By breaking down the data at the regional level, we aim to highlight disparities, trends, and areas of improvement, empowering local programs to tailor initiatives that address the unique needs of their communities.

It's important to note that while this data dashboard presents key metrics and insights derived from our organizational activities, Louisiana CASA nor CASA Programs are not directly responsible for the outcomes for children displayed in the data. The data presented on this dashboard is intended for informational purposes only and should be interpreted with consideration for the complex factors involved in the child welfare system. While we strive to continuously improve our programs and initiatives to better serve children in foster care, outcomes may be influenced by a multitude of factors beyond our control.

Louisiana CASA remains dedicated to advocating for the best interests of children and families in the foster care system, and we are committed to using data-driven insights to inform our decision-making and improve our practices. We encourage users of this dashboard to approach the data with a critical eye and to consider the broader context in which these outcomes occur.

 

We invite you to explore the DEI Data Dashboard and join us in our ongoing commitment to promoting diversity, fostering equity, and cultivating inclusion within Louisiana CASA and beyond.

Region 1

Capital Area CASA

CASA of the 18th JDC

Child Advocacy Services

Youth Services Bureau 

CASA of New Orleans

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Region 2

CASA of West CENLA

CASA of SoLA

CASA of St. Landry - Evangeline

Family and Youth Counseling Agency

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Region 3

CASA of Terrebonne

CASA of Lafourche

CASA Jefferson

CASA of Plaquemines

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Region 4

CASA of NELA

CASA of CENLA

Children's Advocacy Network

Volunteers for Youth Justice 

DEI Data Committee

The DEI Data Committee at Louisiana CASA is a dedicated group of volunteer individuals committed to advancing the organization's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts through data-driven insights and analysis.

Comprised of passionate volunteers from diverse backgrounds, the DEI Data Committee plays a crucial role in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data related to DEI metrics within Louisiana CASA.

Anselmo Rodriguez

Rodney

Spears

Madison 

Darby

Amanda 

Moody

Louisiana CASA's
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Louisiana CASA DEI Committee is a dedicated group of individuals tasked with advancing the organization's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Comprised of passionate volunteers, staff members, and community stakeholders, the DEI Committee collaborates to develop and implement initiatives that promote diversity, foster equity, and cultivate inclusivity within Louisiana CASA and the communities we serve.

Through proactive engagement and thoughtful deliberation, the DEI Committee works to identify systemic barriers, address disparities, and champion initiatives that enhance cultural competency, sensitivity, and responsiveness. Guided by the principles of equity and social justice, committee members strive to ensure that all individuals, regardless of background or identity, have equitable access to opportunities, resources, and support systems.

By fostering dialogue, facilitating education and training, and advocating for inclusive policies and practices, the DEI Committee plays a vital role in fostering a welcoming and supportive environment where every member feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents to our shared mission.

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Make a Difference

We invite you to join us in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Whether you're interested in volunteering or simply learning more about our work, there are many ways to get involved and make a difference. Together, we can create a brighter future for Louisiana's children.

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