Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. began through an effort of local citizens who saw a need for someone to represent the interest of children in foster care in Appling, Jeff Davis, and Wayne Counties. The program was incorporated and received 501C3 status in 1998. Tri-County CASA has a governing volunteer board of directors. The executive director, an employee of the agency, is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the organization and for supervising the volunteers. Tri-County CASA is affiliated with Georgia CASA, National CASA, and United Way. The primary service offered by Tri-County CASA is advocacy for children who are in Dependency Court/foster care due to abuse and/or neglect. Our agency’s trained volunteers advocate for the child in dependency court proceedings from the time he/she is appointed to serve by the judge until the child is reunited with the family or is placed in a safe, permanent home. The volunteer advocates for the best interest of the child. The main goal is for every child served to have a safe, loving, permanent home as quickly as possible. Our objective is to insure that the child is raised in a safe and stable family.
Tri-County CASA’s mission is to provide community based advocacy that promotes safety and permanency for children who are victims of abuse and/or neglect. Trained and supervised volunteers focus on the child and become the “voice for the child” in court proceedings by presenting the child’s best interest. The program advocates for resources for children and families involved in dependency proceedings and promotes community awareness of the problems and solutions to child abuse and neglect. In FY17, Tri-County CASA has 20 active trained and supervised volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates to children in dependency court proceedings. Our mission and services support goals of safety for children, permanency and stability for children in their living situations, and the child and family’s well-being.