Our trained staff and volunteers aim to prevent juvenile incarceration and recidivism and provide services for neglected and abused children. We work in collaboration with law enforcement, the court system, the Department of Children & Family Services, and the Office of Juvenile Justice to offer preventative services through the following programs:
- Family Support & Youth Transition
- Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Louisiana
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NELA
Family Support & Youth Transition (FSYT) provides life skills training for youth who are involved with law enforcement. This statewide program works with the Office of Juvenile Justice and aims to prevent juvenile incarceration and recidivism and helps assist youth with transitioning back into their families, schools, and communities.
FSYT works with youth who are in danger of being incarcerated, are currently incarcerated, or have recently been released from incarceration. Our goal is to prevent incarceration by teaching life skills and helping them find appropriate ways of meeting his or her needs. If a youth is incarcerated, the goal is to help them transition back into their family, back into school, and back into the community, with as little shock as possible.
A child’s story can be changed by a CASA volunteer who helps to provide hope for the child’s life at home, school, and in the community. CASA of Northeast Louisiana serves 11 parishes and has offices in Columbia, Monroe, Rayville, Ruston, and Winnsboro.