Fishing Rodeo to Benefit Children in Foster Care
Acadiana Area (April 26, 2012)—CASA of SoLA is hosting a fishing tournament for children and adults on Henderson Lake for the entire month of May. Three $500 top prizes will be awarded for largest bass, sac-a-lait and bream. Registration is $25 per adult and $5 per child (15 yo and younger) with an adult entry. This registration is good for the entire month of fishing.
Money raised will benefit CASA of SoLA, which recruits and trains local volunteers to serve as children’s advocates.
From the CASA website:
A CASA advocate is a community based volunteer appointed by a Juvenile Judge to research the background of the child in order to help the court make a sound decision about a child's temporary or permanent home placement, and his or her future. The CASA volunteer investigates the facts of the case, facilitates communication, monitors court orders and advocates via written court reports. The CASA volunteer recommends whether it is in the child's best interest to stay with his or her parents or guardians, be placed in foster care, or be freed for permanent adoption.
The CASA volunteer offers a child trust and advocacy during complex legal proceedings. He or she explains to the child what is happening and the reasons they are in court. The volunteer encourages the child to express his or her own opinion, but remains objective about the best interests of the child.