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Join Volunteers for Youth Justice for “Light of Hope” child abuse awareness ceremony

by Minden Press-Herald

April is significant as it marks National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. During this time, organizations and communities come together to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and advocate for the safety and well-being of children. 

In 2023, there were 28 fatalities due to child abuse in the state of Louisiana.  Additionally, 51,639 reports of suspected abuse or neglect. Furthermore, 6,272 children and youth were removed from their homes and placed into the foster care system. These numbers underscore the urgent need for awareness, prevention, and support to protect vulnerable children.

One way to show support is by participating in our Light of Hope event, which serves as a beacon of hope for survivors and a call to action for prevention efforts. Let’s join hands to protect our children and create a safer world for them. Join Volunteers for Youth Justice at one of our annual “Light of Hope” Child Abuse Awareness Ceremonies.  These events will take place in Arcadia, Mansfield, Shreveport, and Minden.  (see attached schedule)

CASA recruits and trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children placed in foster care. When a child is placed in the foster care system due to abuse or neglect, they are often removed from their home and placed in state care – sometimes far away from their family, loved ones and community.

CASA volunteers, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, are everyday people from all walks of life who are recruited and specially trained to advocate for these children and provide a consistent, reliable adult presence for them during a difficult time in their lives.

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