NEW ORLEANS -- They say it's one way to change the lives of children becoming victims of crime, abuse and neglect.
Community leaders and volunteers gathered Tuesday to say they need more people, especially men, to be volunteers for CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocate program.
This helps children who have unstable and abusive lives at home to have role models and help them through the courts and foster program.
"You will have a direct impact, a direct, positive impact, on a child's life. We have to start reversing the trend some way and this is a way to do that," said Jefferson Parish President John Young about the youth crime in the area.
"I don't think any child should be alone in their developmental years. I mean, that's just really difficult," said Saints punter Thomas Morstead, who is also a CASA volunteer.
He said he values the difference good parents can make in children's lives because he had a supportive life as a child.
Morstead, and other Saints players, invite you to an autograph and "draft party" Monday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Buffalo Wings at 3434 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie, to hear about volunteering for CASA.