CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of open cases. CASA volunteers change that.
A Modest Investment
Every CASA supporter knows that we are in this because it’s right to be. Abused or neglected children deserve a trained individual to get to know them, to speak up for them and to push for the best possible outcome to a terrible situation.
The CASA program is a proven, reliable and economic model of support that has meant the difference between success and failure in thousands of children. Many more children would thrive if they had the intensive intervention of a CASA volunteer.
Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time—and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive. One person can make a world of difference to a child.
We need your help. Our goal is to provide a volunteer advocate to each and every abused or neglected child with an open deprivation case in the Enotah Circuit Juvenile Court. We can’t accomplish this goal without your help. Please call us at 706-864-0300 or email us today.
When you become a CASA advocate, you are more than simply a volunteer—you are a sworn officer of the Juvenile Court. With this title, you are given permission to access the child’s records, interview people involved with the child, and present a formal recommendation to the judge. Each unique case will have different needs, but overall the CASA program has three main expectations of its advocates: commitment, confidentiality, and communication.
In addition to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) we need “Ambassadors” to take our message to the public and help raise support for our cause. We provide the training, you supply the time and energy, and lives are changed.
How do I begin?
Your first step to becoming a CASA is to contact the office at 706-864-0300 or attend an Information Open House. This is your chance to learn more about the program, hear veteran advocates speak about their experiences and have all your questions answered.
Do I need special training to be an advocate?
Yes. The content of CASA’s 30 hours of training is mandated by the National CASA organization. You will learn about the child welfare system, how to work with children involved in the system, and other skills necessary to help your assigned child. In addition, you will get 10 hours of court observation so you see and experience Juvenile Court. Volunteers can choose from a range of options to satisfy the 12 hours of additional training that are required of advocates annually.