Chattahoochee CASA strives to improve the lives of abused and neglected children and their families by ensuring that the court has adequate information to make sensitive decisions and court orders promoting the health, safety, and well-being of each child.
What We Do
CASA is a volunteer-driven advocacy program for children and youth from birth to 18 years old involved in the foster care system who appear before the Juvenile Court in dependency hearings. Our organization advocates for the following services deemed essential to the well-being of a child:
- Medical and preventative services
- Counseling and mental health services
- Educational services
When provided, these services help children and youth recover from the trauma of abuse or neglect and help begin the healing process while in foster care. This early intervention allows children to ultimately succeed in school and life. CASA serves as a resource to help families locate community agencies that can assist in providing a safe and stable environment with the future goal of re-unification if possible.
What is a CASA?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is defined as a community volunteer who:
- has been screened and trained regarding child abuse and neglect, child development, and juvenile proceedings
- has met all the requirements of an affiliate CASA program
- is being actively supervised by an affiliate CASA
- has been sworn in by a judge of the juvenile court /circuit in which they serve
The CASA program has two primary goals:
- To advocate for the health, education, and medical needs of children in foster care and help them achieve permanency
- To recruit, train, and swear-in a sufficient number of quality volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in juvenile court proceedings
Re-organized under Twin Cedars Youth & Family Services, Inc. in 2008, Chattahoochee CASA has been serving children since June 2009.
Please visit http://www.casaforchildren.org to learn more about the history of the National CASA organization.
Become A CASA
Contact Anna Cannon at email@example.com for more information about becoming a CASA.
We are a member in good standing with the National CASA Association and the Georgia CASA Association. As a program of Twin Cedars, Chattahoochee CASA is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
2013 Award recipient of the Courier-Eco Latino community service award
2012 Award recipient of the Greater Columbus Chapter of AARP “Unsung Heroes” community award
Referrals & Donations
Referrals are accepted only through the following parties:
- Juvenile Court Judge
- Any attorney assigned to the case may make a request to the Judge
- DFCS personnel may make a request to the Judge
- Any person who is concerned about a child in a dependency proceeding can make a request to the CASA Program Coordinator