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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 experiencing foster care and are appointed by the court to amplify a child’s voice. 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 to improve the child’s experience while in foster care and his/her overall well-being

  • 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

Learn more about a CASA volunteer’s role and purpose

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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 receive needed services and be placed in a safe, permanent home when reunification isn’t likely. 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 focus on the child and provide recommendations to improve a child’s experience while in foster care, as well as the child’s overall well-being.

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 improve children’s experiences while in foster care.

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 44 affiliate programs serving 156 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.

Hollyn Green
912-447-8908
Website

Online Training
Tuesdays from January 18 – February 22
5 – 8 p.m.

101 Commerce Pl., Suite 3
Barnesville, GA 30204

dcrawford@tacourts.com
770-289-5017

Classroom Training
Mondays from January 17 – March 7
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Training also includes court observation dates selected by the attendees.

1015 Exum St.
Nashville, GA 31639

ckelly@fccisberrien.org
229-630-5155

Training
Begins Tuesday, February 1

Lakeview Academy (CASA Office)
220 N. ABC St.
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Dana Lowe
478-452-9170
Website

Classroom Training
Mondays and Wednesdays from January 19 – February 16
1 – 4 p.m.

Gainesville, GA

Tracy L. Verrigni
770-531-1964
Website

Flex Training (in-person and online)
Saturdays from January 22 – March 5
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tracy Harmon
Facebook
706-428-7931

Family Support Council
1529 Waring Rd.
Dalton, GA 30720

Training
Tuesdays from February 15 – April 19
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Bailey Bishop
Website
706-327-9612

Online Training
Thursdays from January 20 – February 24
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Courtnie Nikitaides
Website
770-505-0065

Online Training
Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 11 – February 17
6 – 9 p.m.

Dianna L. Dillard
Website
404-859-7174

Online Training
January class opens January 15 with virtual class dates on January 22, 29, February 5, 12 & 19
Virtual classes meet 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Rieka Audain
Website
478-845-8270

Online Training
Mondays and Thursdays from January 10 – February 17 (except January 17)
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Major Events

February 2022

The annual CASA Day at the Capitol event will take place on Thursday, February 10. The event will connect advocates from across the state with their legislators, including at the Capitol with a smaller group, offer a legislative briefing (both live and virtual), coordinate visits with legislators and their staff, and share information widely about the impact of CASA advocacy. Visit the event website page for additional details.

March 2022

Save the date on Tuesday, March 1 for the Mardi Gras Patron Party as part of the Luncheon & Fashion Show event, CASA on the Catwalk. The party will be held in Buckhead.

April 2022

Save the date on Tuesday, April 12 for the signature fundraiser Luncheon & Fashion Show event, CASA on the Catwalk. The event will be held at a private club in Buckhead.