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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 150 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.

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

Volunteer Training
Summer 2018 (space is limited)
June 28 – August 16; Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

(interview required prior to training)

United Way of Forsyth County
240 Elm St.
Cumming, GA 30040

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

Traditional & Flex Combo Training 
Fridays from September 14 – October 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

Flex Training 
Begins August 8

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

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

Orientations 
Monday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 18 at 6:15 p.m.

University of West Georgia Newnan Campus
80 Jackson St.
Newnan, GA

Jennifer Hungerford
jennifer@cowetacasa.org
770-253-0046

Flex Training
Thursdays from August 16 – September 20
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

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

Orientations
June 13 at 10:00 a.m.
September 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Trainings
Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. from June 27 – August 1
Mondays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. from September 24 – October 29

Chattahoochee CASA
1225 3rd Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901

Anna Cannon
acannon@twincedars.org
Website
706-327-9612 Ext. 1506

Orientation
July 9 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Trainings
Mondays and Thursdays, July 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, August 2, 6 & 9
5:30 – 9 p.m.

Beaver Toyota Training Room
1875 Buford Hwy.
Cumming, GA 30041

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

Trainings
Saturdays (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sundays (1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.), July 14 – 15 and July 21 – 22

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.

Rachel Lundy
rlundy@casapaulding.org
Website
770-505-0065

Training
Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
August 13 – September 17

Baldwin Early Learning Center
100 S. ABC St.
Milledgeville, GA 31061

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

Orientation
Tuesday, September 11 at 5:00 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
July 9 & 23, August 6 & 20, September 10 & 24, October 8 & 22, November 5, December 3 & 17 (Mondays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
July 18, August 1, 15 & 29, September 19, October 3 & 17, November 14 & 28, December 12 (Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Trainings

June 5 – July 17 (Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
July 12 – August 16 (Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
August 8 – September 12 (Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
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

Gina Bennett
advocacy@appalachiancasa.com
706-276-2272
Website

Orientation
Friday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Flex Training
Fridays from June 8 – July 20
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 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.

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

Outreach Center
515 Denmark St.
Statesboro, GA 30458

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

Training
Thursdays from May 24 – July 19 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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.)

Lily Pad SANE Center, Inc.
320 W. 2nd Ave.
Albany, GA 31701

Charlene Maldonado
charlene.lilypad@gmail.com
229-435-0074
Facebook page

Orientation
June 15 at 10:00 a.m.

Training
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10 – August 7, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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 June 21 – August 6
Also Saturday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 24
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.

Major Events

August 2018

Georgia CASA Conference

August 4, 2018

Visit the event page here for our annual state conference!