Central Georgia CASA’s mission is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.
Five Critical Pledges We’ve Made on Behalf of Abused and Neglected Children
We will work tirelessly until these five pledges are met:
- Every court in the United States recognizes that a CASA/GAL volunteer is essential for a successful outcome for children.
- Our volunteer base reflects the diversity and cultural makeup of children in the system.
- Every potential donor understands the importance of our mission, and places it at the top of their priority list.
- Every government official at the local, state, tribal and federal level understands the far-reaching results a CASA/GAL volunteer can achieve, and places our work at the top of their agenda
- Every child can thrive in the safe embrace of a loving family
Source provided by National Court Appointed Special Advocate.
For the Children
Federal budget cuts are threatening our ability to ensure that abused and neglected children have a caring volunteer standing by their side, speaking up for their best interests and giving them hope for the future.
When we can reach a child in need, his or her life changes—for the better. But for every foster child with a CASA volunteer, two others go it alone. Find out how to become a volunteer by clicking the link below.
National Child Abuse and Neglect
- There are an estimated 763,000 children who are the confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect each year.
- An estimated 4 children die every day from child abuse and neglect.
- Over 423,000 children are in foster care on any given day.
- Children who suffer abuse or neglect are 53% more likely to become juvenile delinquents, 38% more likely to be arrested as adults and 38% more likely to become violent criminals.
- The economic cost of child abuse is estimated to be $103 billion per year.
In the state of Georgia…
- Every day, 32 children are the victims of confirmed abuse or neglect.
- 174 incidents of child abuse and neglect are reported daily.
- 77 children died from abuse and neglect in 2010.
- On any given day, about 7,400 children are in the foster care system.
- 13,127 children came through the foster care system during state fiscal year 2011.
Central Georgia CASA began in 1997 as an outreach of the Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia, an agency that has provided services to Georgia since 1957. The Agency saw the need for CASA volunteers and worked with the Bibb County Juvenile Court and Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services to establish the program. The first class of CASA volunteers was sworn in before Judge Thomas Matthews in the Bibb County Juvenile Court in 1997.
In 1999, the CASA program expanded, with the support of a National CASA grant, to cover Peach and Crawford Counties. This provided volunteers to children in all of the counties in the Macon Judicial Circuit.
In 2000, Central Georgia CASA left the Family Counseling center to become a self-sufficient entity. The agency received its independent 501(c)3 status and formed its own board of directors.
Central Georgia CASA currently operates with grants provided by National CASA, Georgia CASA, VOCA (Victims of Crime Act), and PSSF (Promoting Safe and Stable Families). The agency also relies heavily on grant awards from local organizations and Foundations (Peyton Anderson Foundation, Community Foundation of Central Georgia) and community support in the form of donations and volunteer activity.
Board of Directors
- Tim Finney
- Elizabeth Nelson
- David McCain
- Sarah Teipel