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Every child should have a safe, loving and permanent home, but many don’t. Each year in Georgia, thousands of children enter juvenile court because they are victims of abuse or neglect. A large number of children are taken from their homes and placed in the foster care system.
CASAs - or Court Appointed Special Advocates - are trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interest of an abused or neglected child involved in a juvenile court proceeding.
CASAs complete 30 hours of training, which includes time in the classroom and online.
Classroom training is once a week, usually on Friday, from 9-12:30, for a total of 6 weeks. Training takes place at the CASA office located in the Gilmer County Courthouse.
The rest of the training is online at your own pace.
You will also attend 10 courtroom observations, visiting courtrooms in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens.
You will be assigned one case on the day you graduate from training.
Once you take a case, you will meet with your assigned child at least one per month. You will collect information by conducting interviews and reviewing records. You will go to court and make recommendations to the judge, based on your independent assessment, regarding the child’s best interest. You will also log your hours and mileage.
You might be asking, how much time will this take? Typically, a CASA volunteer works about 15 hours per month – at your own pace. And court dates are usually set in advance, so this will assist you with planning.
Download the application below and mail OR deliver to Appalachian CASA office in the Gilmer County Courthouse.
For more detailed information give us a call at 706-276-2272.
Print, complete and submit application. (Download application below)
If you are unable to print an application please stop by the CASA office in the Gilmer Courthouse to receive one. Or call us at (706) 276-2272 and ask that an application be mailed to you.
Upon receipt and review of your application, a local criminal background check takes place.
Personal interview with CASA Director and federal background check.
Print, complete and mail OR deliver application to CASA office in Gilmer County Courthouse:
P.O. Box 2134
Ellijay, Georgia 30540