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Athens-Oconee CASA is a program of Children First.
For more info on CASA and Children First's other programs, please visit our new website.
What is CASA?
“Abused and neglected children need someone to speak up for them. No one does this more effectively and with
more dedication than the CASA volunteer. As a judge, I rely heavily on the CASA’s insight and recommendation to
the court. CASA does work." - Judge Salvadore Past President National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Each year over 460,000 children in the United States are thrust into court through no
fault of their own. They might be victims of violence, psychological torment or
sexual abuse. Others have been neglected or even abandoned by their own
parents. All of them are frightened and confused.
Often these children also become victims of this country’s overburdened child
welfare system ¾ a complex legal network of lawyers, social workers and judges
who frequently are too overburdened to give thorough, detailed attention to each
child who comes before them. The consequences can be severe.
The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program was created in 1977 to
make sure that the abuse and neglect that these children originally suffered at
home doesn’t continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the social services
system. A CASA worker is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a
juvenile court judge to speak for the best interest of children brought before the
court because they have been deprived of proper care.
Every Child Deserves a Safe, Permanent Home.
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