CASA volunteers advocate for local abused and neglected children. 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers work to help foster care children find safe, permanent homes where they can thrive. Each volunteer advocate is specially trained to be a powerful voice for these children’s best interests. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things for some of our community’s most vulnerable children.

Tri-County CASA, Inc. is made up of Wayne, Appling,  and Jeff Davis Counties.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASAs are specially trained volunteers who are appointed as “Officers of the Court” to an abused or neglected child. Their role is to make recommendations to the Court about what is in the child’s best interest.
The volunteer will draw together this information by getting to know the child and gathering information from other persons who are involved in this child’s life. CASA volunteers are an active part of the child’s team that is working toward ensuring that the child has a safe, stable and permanent home.

Other members of the team may include the child’s Department of Family and Children Services foster care worker, foster parents, biological parents, extended family, teachers, doctors, and therapists.

WHAT DOES A CASA DO?

  • Visits with the child regularly

  • Reviews the social service agency and Court records

  • Gathers information about the child from:

    • Parents

    • Caregivers

    • Social workers

    • Teachers

    • Anyone else important in the child’s life

  • Identifies family and community resources that can help meet the child’s needs

  • Problem solves with the professionals involved in the child’s case

  • Prepares written reports for Court hearings

  • Participates in Court hearings

  • Participates in team meetings

  • Provides testimony to the Court if requested

  • Ensures that the child’s wishes are known to the judge

  • Meets regularly with the CASA case supervisor for support and guidance

  • Keeps the focus on the child until he/she is in a safe, stable permanent home

Maintains confidentiality at all times

WHO ARE THE CASA CHILDREN?

In the Tri-County CASA program, volunteers are appointed to children between the ages of birth to 18, who have been abused or neglected and are in the foster care system. Our children are come in all colors, shapes and sizes.

All of them have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect and being separated from their family, friends, pets, school, and neighborhood. Their whole world has been turned upside down and they now find themselves living with strangers.

  • In addition, many of our children suffer from:

  • learning disabilities

  • developmental delays

  • physical disabilities

  • emotional issues

  • trauma

These injured children are:

  • lonely

  • scared

  • anxious

  • afraid

  • distrustful

  • angry

The longer these children are in the system, the more chaotic their lives become; moving from foster home to foster home, changing schools, social workers who come and go, family who no longer visit.