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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.

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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

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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 46 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.

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
404-292-8291 or 404-378-0038
Website

Orientations
Mon., Nov. 18 at 11:00 a.m.
Tue., Nov. 19 at 6:15 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 10 at 11:00 a.m.
Thu., Dec. 12 at 6:15 p.m.

Flex Trainings
Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on October 10, 17, 24, November 7 and 14

Training Location TBD

Becca Orosz
becca.orosz@cgcasa.org
478-238-6318 ext. 4
Website

Trainings
September 3 – November 5 (exact dates TBA)

Gilmer County Courthouse
1 Broad St., Suite 201
Ellijay, GA 30540

Melanie Davis
706-276-2272
Website

Flex Training (combo of traditional & online training)
September 27 – November 8
Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1529 Waring Rd.
Dalton, GA 30720

Tracy Harmon
706-428-7931
Facebook page

Traditional/Classroom Training
Mondays from September 9 – November 11
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Carroll County CASA
110 Dixie St., Suite 100
Carrollton, GA 30117

Stephanie Cater
scater@carrollcasa.org
770-838-1964
Website

Traditional/Classroom Training
Mondays and Thursdays from September 30 – October 24
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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

Darcie Norton
229-386-9765
Website

Flex Training
Mondays from September 23 – October 28
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Peabody Building
1400 MLK Dr.
Eastman, GA 31023

Jennifer Staples or Lainie Jenkins
229-315-2566
Website

Traditional/Classroom Training
Mondays from September 3 – October 21 (class on Tue., Sept. 3 instead of Labor Day)
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Gateway Center
511 E. 3rd Ave.
Cordele, GA

Karan Albritton
229-931-4488
Website

Orientation
October 22
5:30 p.m.

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

Elizabeth Witherspoon
elizabeth.witherspoon@fultoncountycasa.org
404-613-4720
Website

Flex Trainings
October 15 – November 19 (Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
January 4 – February 22 (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
February 11 – March 17 (Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
March 12 – April 16 (Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

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

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

Volunteer Orientation & Training
Winter 2020: Thursdays, January 23 – February 27, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Spring 2020: Thursdays, May 7 – June 18, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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

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

Trainings (Combo of Traditional & Flex)
Thursdays from September 12 – October 24
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. OR 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Juvenlie Court of Cobb County
32 Waddell St.
Marietta, GA

Elissa Peters
elissa.peters@cobbcounty.org
770-528-2216

Traditional/Classroom Training
October 23 – November 20
Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m .- 12:30 p.m.

United Way
Cumming, GA 30040

Heidi Grimmett
770-876-9016
Website

Traditional/Classroom Training
September 19 – November 14 (except October 31)
Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Restoration Rome Office
1400 Crane St.
Rome, GA 30161

Amy Markwald
706-235-2322
Website

Traditional/Classroom Training
September 10 – October 29
Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Major Events

February 2020

February 13, 2020

Our annual CASA Day at the Capitol event will take place.

March 2020

March 24, 2020

Our annual signature Luncheon & Fashion Show fundraiser event, CASA on the Catwalk, will take place. The Preview Party to the event will take place on February 25. Click here to go the event web page.