Rockdale Court Appointed Special Advocate is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to be a child’s voice in court. Through the use of trained and supervised volunteers, abused and neglected children will have an advocate to represent their best interest, to advocate for resources and to help the legal system be more child-focused, one child at a time; so that a child’s right to a permanent and safe home is ensured.
Each day in Rockdale County children are beaten, battered, sexually abused, emotionally injured or neglected. These children find themselves in court where a maze of social workers, therapists, attorneys and judges must determine their future. Too many children risk falling through the cracks in an overwhelmed system. They need a strong voice speaking out for their best interests!
Rockdale Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) was established in 1996 by Juvenile Court Judge William Schneider. We are a non-profit organization that trains community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in juvenile court proceedings.
CASA volunteers talk with the child, parents, therapists, attorneys and other individuals who have knowledge of the child’s situation. The volunteer then goes to court and makes a recommendation focusing on the child’s best interests. After the court hearing, the volunteer remains involved with the case, monitoring the orders of the Court to ensure that the child is receiving the appropriate services in a timely fashion. CASA volunteers bring urgency to a child's needs, both in and out of a courtroom, advocate for safety, permanence and well-being.
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