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Lions, Child Advocacy celebrate first year of partnership

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019 | Views: 1227

Lions, Child Advocacy celebrate first year of partnership
HAMMOND---The Southeastern Louisiana football program and Child Advocacy Services (CAS) recently celebrated the first season of a beneficial partnership between the two programs.

The Lions adopted CAS’ Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program as its primary charitable cause last July. The primary objectives for the Southeastern Louisiana football program through the partnership is to raise funds and awareness for, while encouraging others to volunteer to be involved with, Child Advocacy Services and the CASA program.

Southeastern head football coach Frank Scelfo and Southeastern Athletics recently presented Child Advocacy Services Chief Executive Officer Rob Carlisle with a donation. Throughout the 2018-19 athletic year, Southeastern sold the “Big Frank” hot dog – named for the Lion head coach - at concessions stands at athletic events. Portions of the proceeds of “Big Frank” were part of the donation, which was personally matched by Scelfo and his wife Holly, to Child Advocacy Services.

“We want to thank (Director of Athletics) Jay Artigues and our athletic department for helping us support such a worthy cause,” Scelfo commented. “Our partnership with Child Advocacy Services CASA is mutually beneficial and we’re honored to be able to help.”

In recognition of the donation, Carlisle presented Scelfo with one of the organization’s Buttons of Bravery. Buttons of Bravery is a giving instrument through which community members and businesses can support the brave children that share their stories at CAS. Courageous adults help these children through their trauma, and assist them in finding safe and permanent homes.

When a child visits Child Advocacy Services they select a button from a jar that represents them and their journey. Like buttons, children come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and the choosing of a button helps them remember they are bound together by a thread of hope.

“We had a great first year with our partnership with Child Advocacy Services CASA and we expect to grow our support even more in year two and beyond,” Scelfo said. “This is a great opportunity for our football program to give back to our community. We often forget how fortunate we are and to be able to help others is very important.”

Child Advocacy Services is a private, non-profit umbrella agency providing services through the court appointed special Advocates (CASA) program, Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) program, and other services supporting its mission to give voice, healing, and security to children.

CAS offers advocacy and clinical services for children and families in 10 parishes including Ascension, Assumption, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John and Tangipahoa Parishes.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who serve as powerful voices for abused and neglected children as they navigate through the court system. CASAs are every day community members appointed by a judge to advocate for children in need of care. CASAs work collaboratively with professionals in the child welfare system and report to the judge on the child’s behalf. A CASA stands beside the child with the primary goal of helping them reach a safe and permanent home, as quickly as possible.

For more information on Child Advocacy Services CASA, visit www.childadv.net or call toll-free at (800) 798-1575.
 
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