Columbia County group needs advocates for kids

When Dawn Charleston-Green assimilated a Augusta area’s Court Appointed Special Advocates module in 2011, a group rubbed 189 abused or neglected children that year.

Now it’s adult to about 300 children so distant this year. Last year, CASA staff and volunteers served 432 children in Columbia, Burke and Richmond counties.

And CASA needs Columbia County’s help.

On May 14, CASA will reason a proffer seductiveness meeting. The CASA module – partial of a Augusta amicable use classification Child Enrichment – recruits, trains and supervises village volunteers to move particular attention, coercion and advocacy to abused and neglected children in a encourage caring system, both in and out of a courtroom.

The assembly will be during a Augusta-Richmond County Public Library’s categorical branch, 823 Telfair St. in Augusta, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Charleston-Green, CASA’s module director, pronounced a module is of critical importance.

“CASA brings judicious permanency to cases in a deficiency of those could meant children could dawdle longer than they need to,” Charleston-Green said.

CASA volunteers are allocated by Juvenile Court judges to disciple and act in a best seductiveness of abused and neglected children who have been private from their homes and are vital in encourage care.

An advocate’s ultimate idea is to make recommendations to a decider on what and where is a safest, permanent chain for a child. The CASA stays concerned with any child until “permanency” is achieved — referring to a time a deprived child is possibly returned to their family, with resources in place; control is eliminated to a fit and peaceful relative; safekeeping of a child is awarded to another suitable caregiver; or – in long-term cases, a child is adopted.

For many abused children, their CASAs will be a one unchanging adult participation during their stages of encourage care.

CASA volunteers accept over 40 hours of specialized training to learn a skills required to disciple for children during youthful justice proceedings. These volunteers are delicately screened and bear FBI, and GBI rapist credentials checks.

Charleston-Green pronounced a advocates contingency be during slightest 21, though a many critical trait for a CASA proffer is “honestly, only a heart for a work that we do.

“We have a accumulation of volunteers,” she said. “As distant as education, we have people who have high propagandize or some college, and we have people who have Ph.D.s.”

The area CASA Program is an associate of Georgia CASA, a nonprofit classification with 48 community-based associate programs. Last year, some-more than 2,300 CASA volunteers in Georgia served 10,248 abused and neglected children.

Along with assembly a Georgia CASA mission, there also is Child Enrichment’s goal is to yield and coordinate extensive intervention, stabilization, advocacy and impediment in a best interests of abused, deserted and neglected children. Since 1978 Child Enrichment has served some-more than 22,000 children.

For some-more information about a internal CASA Program, revisit Child Enrichment’s website during You also can call Charleston-Green during (706) 737-4631, or email

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