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Savannah/Chatham County CASA is a nonprofit organization that provides training and supervision to volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused children who are under the jurisdiction of the Chatham County Juvenile Court. The volunteers and the program focus on avoiding further victimization, Educating the community about the needs of abused and neglected children, Advocating for resources and services for the children, and Helping the legal system to be more child focused. The ultimate goal of CASA is to ensure that every child has a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.
A CASA, court appointed special advocate, promotes and protects the best interests of an abused or neglected child. Duties include 1) make an independent investigation of the case and the needs of a child. 2)determine possible resources within the family and the community to meet the childs needs. 3)To be present at all court hearings to present information and make recommendations.4) To assure that a permanent placement plan is being implemented for a child when removed from the custody of his/her parent or guardian.5) To monitor the progress of the case and report problems to the court.6) to maintain complete confidentiality regarding information about the child as well as information regarding other parties involved in the case.7) To attend pre-service and in-service training.8)To prepare written reports about the progress of the case.9) To report any new incidents of the child abuse or neglected to the CASA supervisor and appropriate authorities.10) To contact your CASA supervisor and other parties involved in the case including the child at least once a month.11) To exhibit professionalism in behavior and appearance.