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In our communities, there are abused and neglected children who live in the shadows of our lives. She may be the quiet girl in your son's class, who had to move homes and change schools three times in the last year. He may be the lonely child at the park who never joins the game.

Each year in Georgia, thousands of children are placed in foster care. These children deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They need to do more than simply survive. They need to thrive, in the safety and love of a family throughout their childhood and into adulthood. They deserve the chance to live in a safe, loving and permanent home.

CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult - a CASA volunteer - will fight for and protect the human rights of these children. There is no one else like a CASA volunteer who brings a sense of urgency to these children’s needs, both in and out of the courtroom.

In 1976, Superior Court Judge David Soukup of Seattle, Washington, observed a recurring problem of too little information in the courtroom upon which to base life-changing decisions about the safety, permanency and well-being of children. He raised funding to recruit and train community volunteers to speak on behalf of children in court. In 1977, a CASA pilot program was formed based on Judge Soukup's idea. In 1982, the National CASA Association was established to direct CASA's emerging national presence.

In 1988, Georgia CASA began originally as Kids of Georgia Need Volunteers, Inc. In 1989, two pilot CASA programs in Georgia were formed and the first CASA volunteers were sworn-in. In 1992, the nonprofit's name was changed to Georgia CASA, Inc., and CASA programs were transitioned into independence.

Federal law requires that a Guardian ad Litem (GAL- person appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of a child involved in a juvenile court dependency proceeding), a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), or both, be appointed in all cases of child abuse or neglect. Georgia law requires both an attorney and a GAL to be appointed in juvenile court dependency (abuse and neglect) proceedings and specifies that a CASA volunteer should be the GAL whenever possible (O.C.G.A. 15-11-103, 15-11-104).

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OCGA Codes (15-11-102 & 15-11-103-106) Relating to CASA

In the words of a CASA volunteer...

At my last follow-up visit with my CASA child, Thad met me at the door with a huge smile and a big hug. He eagerly told me about his sports activities, enthusiastically brought out his “Citizenship Award” from school and all his recent accomplishments since moving.  He talked about recent visits with his parents. Walking to the door to leave I got a big smile and a thank you, and knew this CASA volunteer had just had a huge payday!

 

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