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Seth and Cathy Vining, Hall-Dawson CASA, Gainesville, GA
2015 CASA Volunteers of the Year in Georgia

The Vinings

Seth and Cathy Vining have been chosen for the 2015 CASA Volunteer of the Year in Georgia Award. The Vinings have been CASA volunteers with Hall-Dawson CASA in Gainesville for the past 10 years. They have had dozens of cases and served at least 30 children during their tenure. The Vinings are models of kindness and always display even tempers and professional demeanors. Their reports to the juvenile court judges are very thorough, and judges frequently request them for difficult cases. As a CASA volunteer team, the Vinings have complementary strengths. Both children and adults are drawn to them, and professionals in the child welfare system respect them immensely.

One recent case for the Vinings involved a CASA youth who was missing. The youth had lied to them, refused to answer their calls and gave them no reason to care. Yet they spent long hours searching for her all over Hall County. When she was found, they advocated for her best interests and loved her just as if nothing had ever happened. On another case, the Vinings were instrumental in helping the parents of a CASA child’s half siblings adopt him. They were cited by the judge for their work on this case that involved unique circumstances, clearly demonstrating the value of CASA volunteers on child welfare cases.

The Vinings are invaluable role models for new CASA volunteers at Hall-Dawson CASA, giving advice, support and working alongside them as they learn investigation techniques. Not only do they mentor new CASA volunteers; they have also taught the Hall-Dawson CASA staff helpful tips and methods to obtain successful outcomes as advocates.  

Over 2,200 CASA volunteers, like Seth and Cathy Vining, 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.

Attention Affiliate Georgia CASA Programs: Email your Volunteer Spotlights for consideration on the web site.