WHAT CASA VOLUNTEERS DO...

CASA volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the court. With support from CASA staff the volunteer serves in the following capacity:

Facilitate

Establish a stable, one-on-one relationship with a child in foster care and get to know the child’s unique history.

Investigate

Gather information from anyone who can shed light on the child’s situation – teachers, foster parents, family members, physicians, etc.

Monitor

Attend court proceedings (usually every six months) and make fact-based, informed and independent recommendation to the judge about what is in the child’s best interests.

Advocate

Advocate for timeliness and permanency for children involved in juvenile court proceedings

Plan Goals

Help the child plan and develop age-appropriate goals.

Safety

Bring a sense of urgency to the child’s needs and promote safety

Care

Ensure the child has access to needed medical, education, career, and housing services.

Resolution

Remain involved until the case is permanently resolved to keep the focus on the child

CASA in GEORGIA...

Since CASA was founded in 1977, over 2 million children have been served.

46
Casa Programs
146
Counties
2400
Casa Volunteers
11000
Children Served

JUST THE Facts

What you need to know about ROCKDALE CASA?

What is the condition of neglect and abuse in Georgia and Rockdale County?
  • 113 children died from abuse and neglect in 2015.
  • 200 incidents of child abuse and neglect are reported daily.
  • Every day, 33 children are the victims of confirmed abuse or neglect.
  • On any given day, about 12,700 children are in the foster care system in the state.
  • 19,466 children came through the foster care system during state fiscal year 2016.
  • In Rockdale County there are currently approximately 200 children in foster care.
Why is CASA so important?
  • CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.
How many CASA programs exist?
  • 46 CASA programs cover 146 of the 159 counties in Georgia, serving 48 of 49 judicial circuits. 
  • Rockdale CASA serves all of the City of Conyers and Rockdale County.
  • Over 900 programs exist throughout the United States.
How successful is CASA?
  • In Georgia's last fiscal year, over 2,400 CASA volunteers served over 11,000 children.
  • Rockdale CASA serves over 200 children.
  • Nationwide, there are over 77,000 CASA volunteers.
  • Since CASA was founded in 1977, over 2 million children have been served.
How effective is CASA?
  • Research indicates that judges often accept the recommendations of CASA volunteers.
  • Research suggests that children with CASA volunteers, and their parents, receive the most services.
  • Research indicates children who have a CASA are more likely to receive supportive services, spend less time in foster care, are more likely to do better in school and are more likely to find a safe and permanent home. Evidence of Effectivness

 

How does CASA help society?
  • Society has a fundamental obligation to ensure the basic rights and needs of every child are met. CASA volunteers are a formidable force that fight for these rights. There is no one else like a CASA volunteer who brings a sense of urgency to a child’s needs both in and out of the courtroom. The lives and well-being of children are hanging in the balance. Every child who cannot live safely at home should have a CASA volunteer who will help ensure their safe passage out of foster care, to the benefit of their children, and generations to come.

All the FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about CASA.

What is a CASA volunteer?

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interest of an abused or neglected child involved in juvenile court dependency proceedings. The CASA gathers information about the child’s situation, attends court proceedings and makes fact based, independent recommendations to the court so that the judge has the information to make an informed decision about the child’s future.  The CASA helps to protect the child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.

What qualifications do I need to be a volunteer?

To be considered for this important volunteer position candidates must have a sincere concern for the well-being of children. They must be at least 21 years old and pass a criminal background check. The candidate should possess good verbal and written communication skills, have the ability to be objective and non-judgmental and be able to work independently.  Click here to volunteer.

What is the expected time commitment?

In order to provide our children with consistency we ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of year of service (a year is the average length of a case).  With the exception of visiting your child or children and attending court hearings much of your work as a CASA can be done via email and phone calls. You do CASA work as it fits your schedule (except for court hearings) so there is flexibility.  On average, CASA volunteers spend 10-15 hours a month working their case.

What do CASA volunteers do?

CASA volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the court. With support from CASA staff the volunteer serves in the following capacity:

  • 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 fact-based, informed and 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
Why should I become a CASA volunteer?

All children deserve a safe and permanent home.  As a volunteer, you can make sure that the abused and neglected children of Rockdale County are not lost in an overburdened system.  You will have an opportunity to learn about the juvenile court system and become actively involved with your community. As a CASA volunteer, you will ultimately help to change a child’s life.

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