Court Appointed Special Advocates 
CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc.

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Above and Beyonds

 

Sponsors

 

Volunteer of the month:  Jeanette Voisin

 

 

 

Conflict Resolution

 

Naomi Weinstein, director of Phoenix House’s center on addiction in the family has been training substance abuse treatment providers to better understand child welfare issues. Here, in her own words, she explains how the training will help parents.

 

           Treatment and child welfare don’t usually get along too well. In treatment, the client is an adult and your sympathies and work are to advocate for the client. In child welfare, the social worker is concerned with the child. That leads to conflict, because parents and children may not have the same interests.

           Then there’s media scrutiny. Every single thing ACS does has the potential to land on the front page and for people on the case to get fired. Treatment people don’t understand why ACS is so cautious. If a mother in a treatment program relapses and harms her child, ACS will be blamed by the media, but no one wonders what that treatment agency was doing.

           Finally, many treatment professionals were once addicts who had their children removed in the past. They haven’t gotten past that, for good reason.

There’s been a lot of hate on both sides. We’re trying to fix that, so parents in treatment are not caught between two conflicting systems.

 

Training and Changes

           Now substance abuse agencies are going through rigorous training. We talk about everything: ACS’ policies, legal systems and structure, the Department of Child Protection, contract agencies and preventive services, family court, confidentiality issues, and special issues like visiting policies, housing, adolescent development, trauma, domestic violence and permanency options.

I’ve seen treatment providers make a lot of changes.

           We have one agency that’s building an outpatient treatment facility. After we talked about visiting, they stopped the architecture plans midstream and said, “Let’s make this child friendly.” They realized they needed things like private visiting rooms.

           Another guy heard the presentation on visiting, and was so moved. He was like, “We’re doing this all wrong!” He went back to his desk and wrote a policy on visitation. It was amazing!

 

Flipping the Script

           Now we’re trying to start a reverse program—training about treatment and drugs for the foster care agencies.

 

 

Rise Magazine Fall 2005 Issue #2

 

 

 

 

MISSION
The mission of CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc. is to recruit and train community volunteers to be a powerful voice for all abused and neglected children in the court system.
The mission of CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc. is to recruit and train community volunteers to be a powerful voice for all abused and neglected children in the court system.

PROGRAMS

CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc. is dedicated to serving all abused and/or neglected children within the foster care system.
CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc.
1009 Lemaire Street
New Iberia, LA 70560
T: (337) 359-9016 
F: (337) 359-9018

212 Willow St
Franklin, LA
T: (337) 828-0717
F: (337) 828-0747

Executive Director
Robin Hedge
robin@casa16jdc.org

Advocate Supervisors
Jan Supple
St. Mary Parish
jan@casa16jdc.org

Penny Colwart
Iberia and St. Martin Parishes
penny@casa16jdc.org

Page Davis
Iberia and St. Martin Parishes
page@casa16jdc.org

Volunteer Recruitment and Training Coordinator
Thomas Jolivet
thomas@casa16jdc.org
CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc.
1009 Lemaire Street
New Iberia, LA 70560
T: (337) 359-9016 
F: (337) 359-9018

212 Willow St
Franklin, LA
T: (337) 828-0717
F: (337) 828-0747

Executive Director
Robin Hedge
robin@casa16jdc.org

Advocate Supervisors
Jan Supple
St. Mary Parish
jan@casa16jdc.org

Penny Colwart
Iberia and St. Martin Parishes
penny@casa16jdc.org

Page Davis
Iberia and St. Martin Parishes
page@casa16jdc.org

Volunteer Recruitment and Training Coordinator
Thomas Jolivet
thomas@casa16jdc.org
CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc.
1009 Lemaire Street
New Iberia, LA 70560
T: (337) 359-9016 
F: (337) 359-9018

212 Willow St
Franklin, LA
T: (337) 828-0717
F: (337) 828-0747

Executive Director
Robin Hedge
robin@casa16jdc.org

Advocate Supervisors
Jan Supple
St. Mary Parish
jan@casa16jdc.org

Penny Colwart
Iberia and St. Martin Parishes
penny@casa16jdc.org

Page Davis
Iberia and St. Martin Parishes
page@casa16jdc.org

Volunteer Recruitment and Training Coordinator
Thomas Jolivet
thomas@casa16jdc.org
CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc.
1009 Lemaire Street
New Iberia, LA 70560
T: (337) 359-9016 
F: (337) 359-9018

212 Willow St
Franklin, LA
T: (337) 828-0717
F: (337) 828-0747

Executive Director
Robin Hedge
robin@casa16jdc.org

Advocate Supervisors
Jan Supple
St. Mary Parish
jan@casa16jdc.org

Penny Colwart
Iberia and St. Martin Parishes
penny@casa16jdc.org

Page Davis
Iberia and St. Martin Parishes
page@casa16jdc.org

Volunteer Recruitment and Training Coordinator
Thomas Jolivet
thomas@casa16jdc.org
CASA of the 16th JDC, Inc.
is sponsored in part by:

Louisiana Bar Foundation


 


 Welcome aboard Leslie! She accepted her first case, and hit the ground running! It is evident you will be an excellent volunteer!
Linda Fairchild: For being diligent on your case, and still being involved with your kids that have already aged out of the system...way to go Linda!
Diane Lyons: Your dedication and attention to your case is inspirational!  Thanks for inspiring the staff with your enthusiasm!
Congratulations, Lisa Lemaire, for successfully closing children’s cases with both of them being placed in a safe, permanent home.
Kimberly Flash, thank you for being so diligent on your case. K will be so thankful!
Thank you, Brenda Hobbs, for standing up for your CASA children.
Phillip James, you are such a positive role model for K. Thank you for being that stable person in his life.
Bob Veitinger is never late with reports and his case is looking great-Thank you.
Thank you for all the extra time Gloria Loston, Debra Jones and Gracie Blackburn.

 Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

The Louisiana Supreme Court CASA Assistance Program

SPONSORS


We would like to thank the following sponsors:
Sheriff Louis Ackal, Therese Ritter-Lisecki, M.D., DJW Insurance, Ronnie’s Paint and Carpet Center, Todd Street, Jimmy Champagne Allstate Insurance, Sun Towing, Pellerin Funeral Home, Iberia Bank, Acadiana Great Outdoor Advertising, Cleco and Teche Federal Bank

Platinum Sponsors
Glen & Boni Ritter, The Children’s Trust Fund, The United Way of Iberia, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Lifestyle Magazine
The Department of 
Social Services
The Department of 
Social Services

We would like to thank the following sponsors:
Sheriff Louis Ackal, Therese Ritter-Lisecki, M.D., DJW Insurance, Ronnie’s Paint and Carpet Center, Todd Street, Jimmy Champagne Allstate Insurance, Sun Towing, Pellerin Funeral Home, Iberia Bank, Acadiana Great Outdoor Advertising, Cleco and Teche Federal Bank

Platinum Sponsors
Glen & Boni Ritter, The Children’s Trust Fund, The United Way of Iberia, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Lifestyle Magazine

ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                            

 

CASA always needs more volunteers!!

If you know of anyone interested in joining our CASA volunteer team, please contact Thomas at thomas@casa16jdc.org or 337-359-9016. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suggested CASA tools 
Online, visit www.youtube.com, search CASA remarks or stories and you can see and hear different stories/statements from those working with or affected by CASA. 

At our offices, we have books and DVD’s for you to check out.  Reading books and DVD’s related to CASA also gives you in-service credits to meet your 12 hour mandatory yearly requirement as a
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August Birthdays

 

 

Linda Fairchild 3rd

Jill Gary 5th

Julie McDonald, 6th

Donna Guidry & Ella Hamilton 10th

Gracie Blackburn 18th

Georgean Connor 25th

Crystal Pitre 30th

 

 

 

 

 

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Questions or comments? E-mail us at Robin at robin@casa16jdc.org or Thomas at thomas@casa16jdc.org