BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - CASA of Hancock County celebrated its first permanent location in the county with an open house and ribbon cutting, Tuesday. The nonprofit's new office space is located at 412 Highway 90, Suite 3 in Bay St. Louis.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. The organization recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to speak up for abused and neglected children who find themselves involved in the DHS and Youth Court systems. Currently, there are more than 460 children in foster care in Hancock County.
"CASA volunteers are focused on the safety of the child and are diligent fact finders who report back to the court at each stage of the court process," Executive Director Cynthia Chauvin said.
Chauvin's proud of the new location, calling it a significant step in helping the program achieve its 2015 goals. Previously, the CASA program had been meeting in a temporary location in Bay St. Louis.
After the public ribbon cutting, CASA held a private volunteer appreciation event to thank the 56 advocates working for children in Hancock County. If you'd like to join their ranks, call (228) 344-0419 for more information on volunteer opportunities.