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Help improve the lives of foster children in your community by getting involved with CASA.

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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 46 affiliate programs serving 143 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.

Winder, GA
tanton@piedmontcasa.org
678-777-5630

Volunteer Training
Winter: January 18 – February 22
Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Rockdale CASA
999 Green St.
Conyers, GA 30012
trainer@rockdalecasa.org
770-761-0202 – ask for Michele Benton

Volunteer Training
Winter 2018 Flex-Training-Online and In-Person Hybrid Training
Online Access Start Date: January 11, 2018
In Person Class Dates: January 18th and 25th, February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd; Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Spring 2018 Flex-Training-Online and In-Person Hybrid Training
Online Access Start Date: April 12, 2018
In Person Class Dates: April 19th, 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th; Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Fall 2018 Flex-Training-Online and In-Person Hybrid Training
Online Access Start Date: August 9, 2018
In Person Class Dates: August 16th, 23rd, 30th September 6th, 13th, 20th Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

1015 Exum Rd.
Nashville, GA 31639

dsuggs@fccisberrien.org
229-686-6576

Orientation
January 8

Training
Mondays or Tuesdays, January 16 – March 6

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

info@athensoconeecasa.org
706-613-1922 x4

Orientation
January 9
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. OR 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Training
Thursdays from January 25 – March 1
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. OR 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Family Support Council
1529 Waring Rd.
Dalton, GA 30720

Tracy Harmon
t.harmon@familysupporcouncil.com
Website
706-428-7931

Training 
February 13 – April 10
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Chattahoochee CASA
1225 3rd Ave. (Training Room, 1st Floor)
Columbus, GA 31901

Anna Cannon
acannon@twincedars.org
Website
706-327-9612 x1506

Training 
Mondays and Thursdays from February 5 – March 1
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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

Tradition & Flex Combo Training 
Mondays from April 9 – May 21
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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

Flex Training 
Begins February 14, May 2 and August 8

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

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

Orientations 
Tuesday, March 6 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10 at 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11 at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, May 16 at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, May 22 at 6:15 p.m.

Fulton County CASA
395 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30312

contactus@fultoncountycasa.org
404-613-1922
Website

Online Training Start Dates (subject to change)

January 25, 2018 (Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
March 13, 2018 (Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
April 21, 2018 (Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
May 10, 2018 (Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

The Little House
603 Washington St. SW
Gainesville, GA

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

Flex Training
Tuesdays from February 6 – March 20, 2018
Swear-in March 22, 2018

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

Flex Training
Fridays beginning March 23
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fridays from June 8 – July 13
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fridays from August 10 – September 14
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fridays from October 12 – November 16
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Maricruz Garcia
mari.garcia@cobbcounty.org
770-528-1095

Training
Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 1 – March 1
4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Common Ground Community Church
7165 Turner Lake Cir.
Covington, GA 30014

Kathy Suber
alcovycasatrainer@aol.com
404-994-9191

Training
Mondays and Wednesdays from January 22 – February 21
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Ocmulgee CASA
100 S. ABC St.
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Dana Lowe
ocasadl@baldwin.k12.ga.us
478-452-9170

Training
Tuesdays from January 23 – February 27
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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

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

Orientations
Tuesday, May 8 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 11 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Flex Trainings
Tuesdays from May 31 – July 12 (except week of July 4) OR
Tuesdays from September 27 – November 1

Appling Co. Extension Educational Building
Oak St.
Baxley, GA 31513

Denise Graham
tricountycasa@bellsouth.net
912-367-0064

Training
Tuesdays from February 20 – April 10
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Major Events

February 2018

CASA Day at the Capitol

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CASA volunteers, staff and board members: Join us for this event! Visit the event page here.

March 2018

Georgia CASA Luncheon & Fashion Show Fundraiser

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Be a part of our 14th annual Georgia CASA Luncheon & Fashion Show fundraiser! Visit the event page here.

August 2018

Georgia CASA Conference

August 4, 2018

Save the date for our annual state conference! Visit the event page here.