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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

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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.

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

Justine Ferreira or Tara Daniels
justine.ferreira@dekalbcasa.org or tara@dekalbcasa.org
404-292-8290 or 404-378-0038
Website

Orientations
Tuesday, December 11 at 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 10 at 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5 at 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Monday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 5 at 6:15 p.m.

Training
Traditional/Classroom: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on January 15, 17, 22, 29 and 31, February 7, 12 and 19
Flex: Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on February 28, March 7, 14 and 28 and April 4

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

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

Training
Mondays from February 25 – April 15
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Moultrie
Southwest GA Community Action Council
912 First Ave. SE
Moultrie, GA 31776

Harry Bankston
casakids.colquitt@familyenrichmentgroup.org
229-502-9904

Training
Begins Monday, November 26
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thomasville
Thomas County Juvenile Court
478 C Smith Ave.
Thomasville, GA 31792

Meg Singletary
casakids.thomas@familyenrichmentgroup.org
229-225-4338

Training
Begins Thursday, November 29
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1015 Exum St.
Nashville, GA 31639
Facebook page

Elaine Grice
egrice@fccisberrien.org
229-686-6576 ext. 4

Orientations
January 15 at 6:00 p.m.
April 9 at 6:00 p.m.
September 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Trainings
Winter: January 22 – March 12 (Tuesdays, time TBD)
Spring: April 16 – June 4 (Tuesday, time TBD)
Fall: September 17 – November 5 (Tuesdays, time TBD)

32 Waddell St.
Marietta, GA 30090

Elissa Peters or Tanesse Brown
elissa.peters@cobbcounty.org or tanesse.brown@cobbcounty.org
770-528-2216

Training
February 5 – March 5
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cleveland Presbyterian Church
147 N. Main St.
Cleveland, GA 30528

Melissa Line
mline@enotahcasa.org
706-864-0300

Training
January 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 17 & 18
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (light lunch provided)

The Children’s Haven
1083 Marietta Hwy.
Canton, GA 30114

Michelle Meek
michelle@casacherokee.org
770-345-3274

Training
Wednesdays from January 9 – February 6
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

1225 Third Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901

Anna Cannon
acannon@twincedars.org
706-327-9612 Ext. 1056
Website

Orientation
January 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Training
Mondays and Thursdays from January 24 – February 21 (no class February 14)
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 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
December 17, January 7, 23 & 28, February 11 & 25 (Mondays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
January 16 & 28, February 6 & 20, March 6 & 20 (Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Flex Trainings
January 5 – February 9 (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
February 5 – March 12 (Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

Clayton County Youth Development & Justice Center
9163 Tara Blvd.
Jonesboro, GA 30236

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

Training
Winter 2019: January 7 – February 11 (Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
Spring 2019: March 18 – April 17 (Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
Summer 2019: June 3 – July 8 (Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
Fall 2019: September 4 – October 7 (Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

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

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

Training
Thursdays from January 24 – February 28
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 November 15 – January 17 (except November 22 and December 27)
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Completed application must be returned no later than November 5.
Space is limited! 10 spots available for this class and they will fill quickly!

The Little House
603 Washington St. SW
Gainesville, GA 30501

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

Training
Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 12 – March 19
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

654 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy.
Cartersville, GA 30120

Ava Lipscomb
ava@advochild.org
770-386-1060

Training
Tuesdays from January 22 – March 8
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

A Thursday morning class may be added if evening class fills

Family Support Council
1529 Waring Rd.
Dalton, GA 30720

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

Training
Mondays beginning February 4 for 10 weeks
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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

Emily Dant
info@athensoconeecasa.org
706-613-1922
Website

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

Trainings (Combo of Traditional & Flex)
Thursdays from February 7 – March 19 (no class March 14)
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. OR 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Fridays beginning May 31
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Major Events

January 2019

January 31- February 1, 2019

Register here for the All-Volunteer Supervisor Meeting & Recruitment Meetup taking place in Athens, GA!

February 2019

February 14, 2019

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

March 2019

March 27, 2019

Our CASA on the Catwalk (Luncheon & Fashion Show) annual fundraising event will be held on March 27, 2019, in Atlanta. Please visit the event web page for additional details.

August 2019

August 3, 2019

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