What’s Happening

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Tri-County CASA Introduction

Foster Facts

Importance of CASA Volunteers

CASA Volunteering Requirements

CASA Volunteers To Foster Children Ratio

Giving Tuesday

MADELYN GIVES!!

Tri-County CASA, Inc. received a special donation this week.  What makes this special, is this young beauty just turned 11 years old last week!

Here is her story.  Madelyn Williams is the reigning USA National Miss Sweetheart of the South.  The USA National Miss organization promotes the crown CARES, an antibullying group. Madelyn wants to not only raise awareness about bullying in schools, but also address where the bullying often begins.

Madelyn had an experience in the third grade where she was attacked by another child.  She was surprised to see her parents were not only concerned with her safety, but also the boy who was involved.  That’s when she began understanding that not every child has a home like hers.  Tri-County CASA, Inc. is committed to advocating for every foster child to have a permanent, safe, and happy home.  This is why Madelyn chose to benefit the crown CARES and Tri-County CASA, Inc., to raise awareness about bullying, and also help children in her community who may be bullied at home.

Madelyn’s goal was to raise $500.00.  Madelyn surpassed her goal, and contributed $30.00 of her own birthday money to make a total of $600.00 to be equally shared between CARES and Tri-County CASA. Inc.!!  Thank you Madelyn, not only for your generous donation, but for being a shining example of a true giving heart.

 

Tri-County Office

CLOSED TEMPORARILY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

To help ensure the safety and health of our staff, CASA Volunteers, and the general public, effective March 23, 2020, until further notice new protocols are in place that changes how we will be conducting business.
The Tri-County CASA staff will be working from home and will be available via email and phone. Please note that the office phone will only be monitored infrequently until further notice. These actions are not driven by fear, but by an abundance of caution. Please be well and continue to visit us here for updates! If you’d like more information about volunteering we will happily respond to your email for information!
Be well!
 

 

 

 

 

 

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 i

 

  • 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, and family who no longer visit.

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