Volunteer to Advocate for a Child!

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Athens CASA is in CRITICAL need of community volunteers to represent the best interests of children involved in juvenile court because of abuse or neglect.

Athens CASA trains community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). CASA Volunteers work with a single child or sibling group
in order to make sure that the child's voice is heard throughout the juvenile court process. Most of the children we serve are in foster care. All of the children we serve need a CASA Volunteer to look out for their best interests.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I qualified to serve?
All CASA Volunteers undergo 35 hours of pre-service training which includes classroom sessions, online coursework and a learning lab. All CASA Volunteers must complete extensive background screening. Past experience with children is not required.

The Fall Pre-Service Cohort begins on October 27 and runs through November.

How much time does this take?
After initial training, most CASA Volunteers donate about 8 hours per month which includes visits with the child, reviewing case documentation and following up with service providers and family members. CASA Volunteers typically appear in court about 3-4 times per year.

Why is the need for volunteers so critical right now?
Athens CASA has experienced a 20% increase in the number of new court cases referred to the program during 2021, compared to past years. We do not have enough volunteers to serve every child. Currently there are more than 40 children without a dedicated Court Appointed Special Advocate.

Does CASA make a difference?
Yes!! The CASA Volunteers is the ONLY party in juvenile court proceedings whose sole responsibility is representing the child's best interest. As Juvenile Court Judge Zachary L. Saunders says, "CASA is a critical part of our court process and I rely on the information they provide to make decisions that impact children's lives."

Apply Now: www.athenscasa.org/apply

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Requirement Details
Wondering if you should register to volunteer? Based on the CDC guidelines, we are asking you the following questions:
  1. Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.

  2. Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a cough or shortness of breath or at least two of the following: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell. See the CDC’s symptom information.

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community healthy.
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