What type of representation does CAP provide to children?

Louisiana has adopted the “direct representation” model for children in abuse and neglect cases.  MHAS attorneys are required to explain the proceedings to the child in an age-appropriate manner, ascertain the expressed wishes of the child, and represent those wishes in court.  If the attorney cannot ascertain the child’s wishes, or thinks the child’s wishes will cause the child harm, the attorney may request the court to appoint a CASA volunteer to the case.