What is the condition of neglect and child abuse in Georgia and Rockdale County?
• 56 children died from abuse and neglect in 2005.
• Over 250 incidents of child abuse and neglect are reported daily.
• Every hour, three children are the victims of confirmed abuse or neglect.
• More than 14,000 children are in the legal custody of the state.
• Hundreds of cases of child abuse and neglect are reported yearly in Rockdale County.
What are the Federal and State laws concerning CASA?
• Federal Law requires that a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) or Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or both be appointed in all cases of child abuse or neglect.
• Georgia law includes CASAs and/or attorneys as GALs for children in Juvenile Court deprivation hearings.
Why is CASA so important?
• Many workers in the child welfare system, including lawyers, social workers, and judges are too overburdened to give thorough detailed attention to each child who enters the system. A CASA volunteer makes the time to focus solely on the child.
How many CASA programs exist?
• 48 CASA programs exist in Georgia, serving 44 of the 49 judicial circuits.
• Rockdale CASA serves all of the City of Conyers and Rockdale County.
• Over 900 programs exist throughout the United States.
What is the CASA volunteer’s role?
• A CASA volunteer gathers information about the child’s situation, attends court proceedings, and makes a recommendation to the judge to help the court make a sound decision about the child’s future.
• The CASA volunteer’s role is to advocate for a safe and permanent home for the child.
How successful is CASA?
• Rockdale CASA has over 50 volunteers that serve over 200 children.
• In Georgia last year, over 1,650 CASA volunteers served over 8,500 children.
• Nationwide, there are over 50,000 CASA volunteers.
• Since CASA was founded in 1977, over one million children have been helped.
• CASA is the largest volunteer based organization in the world!
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.
How does CASA help society?
• Research demonstrates that abused and neglected children can overcome their trauma if they rapidly find a safe and permanent home to heal. Those who do not often experience school failure, welfare dependency, criminality, mental illness and often become abusers themselves.
Rockdale CASA, Inc. PO Box 484 Conyers, Georgia 30012 firstname.lastname@example.org 770-761-0202 fax 770-761-7765