Douglas County Georgia

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Children's Voice: CASA, Inc



Contact:
Katy Hilbert
Executive Director
8700 Hospital Drive
Third Floor
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
Phone: 770.577.7228
Fax: 770.920.7549
casa@co.douglas.ga.us


Be a CASA Volunteer!
Be a CASA Volunteer! 
Overview:

Please visit our website at www.douglascountycasa.org

...a powerful voice in a child's life.

CASA volunteers, each as an independent voice, advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in Juvenile Court dependency proceedings.

You can make a lifelong difference in an abused and neglected child's life by becoming the child's voice in the Court system as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

Children's Voice: CASA, Inc., provides screened, trained, and supervised volunteers who speak up for the needs of these children, one child at a time.

Making a Difference in a Child's Life...
Since 1977, CASA advocates across the nation have helped more than 2 million children find safe, permanent homes. Last year, CASA volunteers spoke up for 243,000 children - about half of the children in the child welfare system in this Country at any given time.

Become a CASA Volunteer!
What You Need to Know:
CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens with extraordinary hearts.

  • Volunteers are screened closely for objectivity, competence and commitment.
  • Volunteers are provided with all the necessary training and training materials.
  • No special or legal background required.
  • Outside speakers as well as staff and volunteers work together to make our training sessions educational, interesting,     interactive and practical.


  • Minimum Qualifications:
  • To be 21 years of age or older
  • Successful completion of the 30 hour training program and it's requirements
  • Successful completion of 10 hours of court observation
  • To undergo local and federal criminal background checks
  • To complete an in-person personal interview with CASA staff
  • To commit to the program for the duration of your case
  • Complete 12 hours of in-service training each year
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Access to reliable transportation and a computer
  • Maintain the desire and heart to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children


  • CASA Volunteer Duties:
  • To successfully complete the requirements of the CASA training program and screening process
  • To ensure the child's best interests don't get overlooked while in foster care
  • To ensure that the child is placed in a safe, nurturing, permanent home as quickly as possible
  • To gather information in order to establish the facts and circumstances of the child's situation
  • To actively pursue a safe, permanent placement for the child
  • To maintain strict confidentiality with all information related to the child and their families
  • To provide written reports of findings and recommendations to CASA staff prior to court hearings
  • To communicate regularly with CASA staff about the case and the advocacy steps taken to ensure the best interests     of the child are represented in court
  • To maintain a focus on each case until permanency is achieved, assessing the progress of the case, advocating for a     permanent solution and reporting problems or noncompliance to the court
  • To maintain genuine care and concern for the best interests of the child

    For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer, please call 770.577.7228 or e-mail casa@co.douglas.ga.us.

    Endorsements

    "When you're young, no one listens to you. To give a child a CASA is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, and to give them hope is to give them the world."
    - Pamela Butler, a former CASA recipient who is now a college student

    "Thanks for all you do have done for the Court and the kids. Words can never express the important work you do. When I see the smile on a child's face, then I know you have done a great job!"
    - Douglas County Associate Juvenile Court Judge Michelle Harrison

    "We are so fortunate to have each of you giving your time, your abilities, and more importantly, your heart. There is nothing more significant than the health, well-being and education of our children. As a CASA, each of you have a vital role as a voice for children in foster care. Your efforts make a difference in outcomes for children. You offer stability, caring and consistency in a flawed, fragmented system. I thank you for all you do."
    - Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Peggy Walker