Welcome to Floyd County CASA
Floyd County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides
trained and supervised volunteers to speak for the best interest of abused and
neglected children who are involved in the local juvenile court system for
foster care, and assists in finding a permanent, safe, and loving home for each
of these children as soon as possible.
CASA is one of the smallest CASA Programs in Georgia, but serves the county
with the highest number of children in foster care, per capita.
Currently, Floyd County CASA has 31 volunteers and 1 staff serving more
children. As of June 30th, 2013, there were 304 children in foster care in Floyd County. In keeping with the National CASA Association's plan for progress, we must recruit, train, and have available up to 60 more volunteers to ensure that each foster child has an advocate to speak for them. In accordance with new Georgia
Juvenile Codes effective January 1, 2014, our Program will be tasked with providing services to unruly,
truant, or ungovernable children involved with the juvenile court. This population could add up to 200 more children in need of CASA services!
In 2012, our volunteers gave more than 300 hours of service and drove more than 1,000 miles to serve these children in our community.
Who are CASA Volunteers?
CASA volunteers are everyday people of all ages and backgrounds who are willing to be the voice of an abused or neglected child involved in Juvenile Court proceedings. The goal of the CASA volunteer is to find every child a safe, permanent, loving home as soon as possible because...
"Every child's voice deserves to be heard"
Why volunteer? Can I make a difference?
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.
A child with a CASA/GAL volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home:
- More likely to be adopted
- Half as likely to re-enter foster care
- Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
- More likely to have a plan for permanency, especially children of color