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Diana Smith, Enotah CASA, Blairsville, GA
2016 CASA Volunteer of the Year in Georgia
"If you don't stand for children, you don't stand for much."

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Diana, a resident of Blairsville, has been a CASA volunteer with Enotah CASA since 1999. She has helped over 47 children find permanent, stable homes during her tenure. Diana often takes the most challenging and devastating cases, and she does it with determination and compassion. A former special education teacher, she previously volunteered as a GAL (Guardian ad Litem) when she lived in Florida.

Diana goes above and beyond what is expected as a CASA volunteer, attending all court dates, medical appointments, visitations, family treatment courts, school events and other out of court activities for the children she serves. Her past education experience and tenure as a CASA volunteer have given her the ability to connect with and comfort anyone. The children she serves know they can trust her to advocate for them, both in the community and in court. She is the stable presence in their lives.

On one case, Diana helped a 16-year old girl—who had been serving as the parent-figure for her brother and her mother, who was struggling with addiction—adjust to her new foster placement, address medical needs that had gone unmet while in the system, improve her grades and set goals for a career in medicine. On another case, when the mother was sent to jail and the family lost their ability to communicate, Diana went to the jail and retrieved the family’s cell phone. She took the phone to her CASA youth’s brother, who had no other way to contact his sister at her foster placement. These weekly phone calls allowed the family to maintain contact, ensure one another’s well-being and adjust.

In addition to serving as a CASA volunteer, Diana helps to recruit and motivate her fellow CASA volunteers with Enotah CASA. Diana truly has one of the biggest hearts for children that can be found in a CASA volunteer.

Over 2,300 CASA volunteers, like Diana Smith, advocate for abused and neglected children in Georgia, promoting safety, a permanent home and overall well-being for each child. You can get involved with a CASA program in your community! Become a CASA volunteer, make a charitable donation, become an ambassador for CASA by serving as a board or advisory board member or give general support to CASA events, fundraisers or trainings. View the Program Directory to find a CASA program in your community.

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