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Become a CASA Volunteer

CASA volunteers are everyday people from all walks of life who do exceptional work. They are trained to advocate for the well-being of Georgia’s children in foster care and are appointed by the court to speak up for a child’s best interests. That’s their sole purpose.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

What does a CASA volunteer do?

CASA volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the court. They:

  • Establish a stable, one-on-one relationship with a child in foster care and get to know the child’s unique history
  • Gather information from anyone who can shed light on the child’s situation – teachers, foster parents, family members, physicians, etc.
  • Help the child plan and develop age appropriate goals
  • Ensure the child has access to needed medical, education, career, and housing services
  • Attend court proceedings (usually every six months) and make an informed, independent recommendation to the judge about what is in the child’s best interests
  • Bring a sense of urgency to the child’s needs and promote safety
  • Advocate for timeliness and permanency for children involved in juvenile court proceedings
  • Remain involved until the case is permanently resolved to keep the focus on the child

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“Children are in need of dreams; children entering juvenile court have no dreams or hope for the future. CASA gives them that hope and helps them to understand that what has happened to them is not their fault; they are not defective or substandard. CASA volunteers are there to help a child rise above it all.”

Judge Mary Carden (Ret.), Gainesville, GA

Five Steps to Make a Difference

The actions of a single person — a CASA volunteer — can mean everything to a child in foster care. A child with a CASA is more likely to get needed services and be placed in a permanent, stable home. CASA volunteers make a difference every day. You can, too. Become a volunteer.

FAQ’s

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Check out the five steps to becoming a CASA volunteer.
No. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens from all walks of life who care about children and their welfare. Your common sense, life experience and desire to help is all you need to begin. You will be receiving special training and supervision to ensure you have a complete understanding of your role before you are assigned a case.
Each CASA affiliate program determines the length of commitment required. It typically ranges from one to two years. However, many advocates stay involved much longer because they find making a positive impact in a child’s life so rewarding.
It varies because each case is different, depending on the child’s age, situation and needs. On average, a CASA volunteer spends six to ten hours per month on a regular case.
CASA volunteers serve children who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse and/or neglect and need the court’s protection. They range from a newborn to age 17, come from all races and ethnicities and have one thing in common — they have been traumatized at the hands of those who were supposed to be their protectors.
Once children and youth are taken into DFCS (Department of Family and Children Services) custody, their cases are overseen by judges in the juvenile courts who appoint CASA volunteers to provide recommendations about what is in the best interests of the children — now and for the future.
The CASA program provides a unique and valuable service built on each CASA volunteer giving individualized attention to one child. However, sometimes a CASA volunteer may work with group of siblings, or be recommended by their supervisor to take on another case.
Social workers are employed by the state and often assigned many cases at a time. The social worker is responsible for helping an entire family, which includes setting up individual services for family members. A CASA volunteer is the advocate for the child, is not paid, works with only a few cases at a time and does not set up services. The CASA volunteer does not replace the social worker on a case; he or she is an independent officer of the court and works within the child welfare system to advocate for what is in the best interest of the children.
A CASA volunteer does not provide legal representation for a child in the courtroom; he or she does not replace an attorney. Both CASA volunteers and attorneys have a duty to investigate firsthand the child’s circumstances and make best interests recommendations to the court, but there are significant differences. CASA volunteers are legally prohibited from giving children legal advice – even if they are attorneys. Unlike attorneys, CASA volunteers submit written reports to the court, can give testimony, and work at the discretion of the judge. An attorney has many clients. Because of their one-on-one relationships, CASA volunteers have more time to devote to their children, getting to know them and their circumstances.
CASA volunteers are only appointed to children who have come to the attention of the juvenile court system due to abuse or neglect. Like a mentoring program, the CASA volunteer does develop a relationship with the child through frequent contact; however, the primary role of the CASA volunteer is to gather information about the child, write reports to the court and attend court hearings. The CASA program is not a mentoring program.

Our volunteers answer your questions

To get a real-world view of volunteering with CASA, check out our Ask A CASA videos. Our volunteers respond to frequently asked questions in their own words, based on their personal experiences as CASA volunteers.

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Find a Program

Georgia CASA currently supports 47 affiliate programs serving 151 counties. To find a program near you, use our Program Directory to search by county or name of the program.

PROGRAM DIRECTORY

Develop an Affiliate Program

If your county is not being served, learn how you can support developing a CASA program to help the abused and neglected children in your community.

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Program Training

A schedule of upcoming Volunteer Training sessions appears below for affiliate CASA programs that have requested to be listed. If you don’t see a particular program listed, please contact the program directly.

Marie Townsend
casatownsend@gmail.com
tlccasa@bellsouth.net
478-275-8100 ext. 2

Flex Training 
Begins August 8

Coastal Plain CASA
113 E. 2nd St.
Tifton, GA 31794

Darcie Norton
dnorton@cpcasa.org
Website
229-386-9765

Orientation
September 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Training
Mondays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. from September 24 – October 29

1529 Waring Rd.
Dalton, GA 30720

Tracy Harmon
t.harmon@familysupportcouncil.com
Facebook
706-428-7931

Orientation
Monday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Training
Begins Monday, September 10 and lasts for 10 weeks
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

1015 Exum Rd.
Nashville, GA 31639

Elaine Grice
egrice@fccisberrien.org
229-686-6576 x4

Orientation
Monday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Training
Tuesdays from September 18 – November 13
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Juvenile Court of Cobb County
32 Waddell St.
Marietta, GA 30090

Mari Garcia/Elissa Peters
mari.garcia@cobbcounty.org
elissa.peters@cobbcounty.org
770-528-2216

Trainings
Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 9 – November 6
4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Paula Malmfeldt
pdmalmfeldt@forsythco.com
770-886-4082

Training
Thursdays from September 13 – November 1
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Outreach Center
515 Denmark St.
Statesboro, GA 30458

Kristen Kramer
admin@casaogeechee.org
912-764-4849

Training
Mondays from August 20 – October 22 OR Thursdays from August 23 – October 25
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Savannah/Chatham County CASA – United Way Building
428 Bull St.
Savannah, GA 31401

Samantha Oughtred
samantha@savannahcasa.org
912-663-9728
Website

Training
Wednesdays from August 22 – September 26
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center
4309 Memorial Dr.
Decatur, GA 30032

Justine Ferreira
justine.ferreira@dekalbcasa.org
404-378-0038
Website

Orientations
Monday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, October 23 at 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, November 13 at 6:15 p.m.

Training
Thursdays on October 11, 18, 25, November 8 and 15
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fulton County CASA
Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center
395 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30312

Elizabeth Witherspoon
joinus@fultoncountycasa.org
404-613-4720
Website

Orientations
September 24, October 8 & 22, November 5, December 3 & 17 (Mondays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
September 19, October 3 & 17, November 14 & 28, December 12 (Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Trainings
September 11 – October 16 (Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. )
October 11 – November 15 (Thursdays, 5:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.)
January 5 – February 9, 2019 (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

The Little House
603 Washington St. SW
Gainesville, GA

Heather Hammontree, Program Coordinator
halldawsoncasa@halldawsoncasa.org
770-531-1964
Website

Traditional/Classroom Training
Tuesdays from August 7 – October 9, 2018
Swear-in October 11, 2018

Gilmer County Courthouse
1 Broad Street, Suite 201
Ellijay, GA 30540

Melanie Davis
advocacy@appalachiancasa.com
706-276-2272
Website

Training
Tuesdays and Fridays from October 6 – November 9
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Children First, Inc.
693 N. Pope St.
Athens, GA 30601

Emily Dant
info@athensoconeecasa.org
706-613-1922 ext. 4

Orientation
Tuesday, September 11 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Flex Training
Tuesdays from September 27 – November 1

Clayton County Juvenile Justice Building/Luvenia Jackson Resource Room
9163 Tara Blvd.
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Griffin Shirley
griffin.shirley@claytoncountyga.gov
678-610-1061

Training
Fall: September 5 – October 8 (Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Wimberly Center
163 MLK Jr. Dr.
Winder, GA 30680

Michelle Black
mblack@piedmontcasa.org
470-429-5055
Website

Flex Training
Thursdays from August 30 – October 4
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

999 Green St. SE
Conyers, GA 30012

Michele Benton
trainer@rockdalecasa.org
770-761-0202
Website

Training
Thursdays from September 6 – October 25
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

One Door Polk
424 N. Main St.
Cedartown, GA 30125

Jennifer O’Neal
contact@polkharalsoncasa.org
678-901-1021
Website

Training
Mondays and Wednesdays from August 20 – September 26
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mary Ann Leverett
mleverett@tacourts.com
478-394-0315
Facebook

Jackson Training Location:
Life Enrichment Team Building
151 Mimosa Ln.
Jackson, GA 30233

Barnesville Training Location:
Towaliga CASA
101 Commerce Pl., Suite 3
Barnesville, GA 30204

Training
Jackson Location:
Thursdays from 5:45 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. from September 13 – November 1

Barnesville Location:
Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. from September 15 – November 3

Houston County Juvenile Justice Complex
206 Carl Vinson Pkwy.
Warner Robins, GA 31088

Rieka Audain
raudain@houstoncountyga.org
478-396-2185
Website

Training
Mondays and Thursdays from September 10 – October 11
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Jamiallah C. Jackson
jjackson@atlanticareacasa.com
912-876-3816
Website

Flex Training
September 17 – October 19

Major Events

February 2019

February 14, 2019

Save the date for our annual CASA Day at the Capitol event!

March 2019

March 2019

Our CASA on the Catwalk (Luncheon & Fashion Show) annual fundraising event will be held in March. Actual date TBA.

August 2019

August 3, 2019

Save the date for the annual Georgia CASA Conference, to be held at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly.