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Spring 2016 New Training Opportunity

December 22, 2015 -- SPRING TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
February 22 – March 23, 2016
Mondays and Wednesdays morning (9am-12pm) or evening sessions (6pm-9pm)

In the hands of a CASA, a child’s whole world can change.

Each year, hundreds of Paulding children find themselves involved in the court system through no fault of their own. Some are victims of violence, psychological torment, or sexual abuse. Others have been abandoned by their own parents. Most are frightened and confused. Often these children also become victims of the overburdened child welfare system – a complex legal network of lawyers, social workers, and judges who are too frequently over worked. CASAs help give detailed attention to each child.
CASA volunteers meet with the children assigned on their case, review the DFCS file, speak to others that will shed light on the child’s situation and attend the Juvenile Court hearings. Reports are made concerning the best interest of the child, and every effort is made to find a safe and stable permanent home where they can feel security and loved.

YOU CAN HELP make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children by becoming a CASA Volunteer!
Contact us today for more information and
to request an application packet to reserve your spot in our next class!
Call Maria Curtis 770-505-0065 or email maria@casapaulding.org

CASA of Paulding County, Inc., Throw a Holiday Gala Extravaganza for their volunteers and present Barbara Walker with the “Volunteer of the Year” award for her advocacy work.

December 6, 2015 -- CASA Paulding Board of Directors and Staff hosted their yearly award ceremony, to recognize CASA volunteers that advocated for more than 200 abused and neglected children of Paulding County in the year 2015 alone.

CASA Volunteers, family and friends gathered at the prestigious Brookstone Country Club to honor the CASA volunteer’s achievements and presence a beautiful award ceremony in which Barabara Walker received the Volunteer of the year award.

Barbara has been a volunteer with the CASA program since March 2004. In her time of service with CASA, she has advocated for 17 children and currently serves 3 children. The majority of Barbara’s advocacy has been for children with severe sexual, emotional, substance abuse and mental health issues. As a CASA Volunteer, Barbara helps to strengthen the community by helping to make better the lives of abused and neglected children who are caught up in the juvenile court system through no fault of their own. When asked, what do you get out of helping? Barbara stated, “Children need a voice when abused. I feel I can help any child, and regardless of how significant the problem(s) may be, I’ve made a difference for someone.” Barbara exhibits extraordinary dedication to her role as a CASA.

Barbara takes time to participate in most of her children’s interests such as attending school performances, graduations and award ceremonies. Barbara actively serves our community by collecting clothes and other items for those in need, including prom and graduation attire for our children in care. She serves as a model example of proper advocacy for our volunteers.

Also, recipient of an important award was volunteer Bernard Marker who received the Shining Star award for his outstanding service as a new volunteer. During his one year tenure he has already represented 8 children. One family represented included 5 children who were not all placed together. He faithfully visited each child monthly and once reunification was imminent, he worked closely with the parents to assure the safety and well- being of the children.

Over sixty CASA volunteers were recognizing during the event’s proceedings. A special recognition was presented to Joe Justice for his dedication while working for the Juvenile Court as Special Assistant Attorney General and to Christie Burke who is a case worker at the Department of Family and Children Services for her excellent collaboration with CASA volunteers.

21 New CASA Volunteers Sworn In to Advocate for Children

October 21, 2015 -- The Hon. Sandra Miller swore in 21 CASA volunteers—court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children.
Family and friends gathered in the Historic Paulding Courthouse to watch the volunteers take an oath promising to advocate for the best interest of the child.
The newly appointed CASA volunteers join 45 other dedicated community members who have been trained and are advocating for foster children in the county’s juvenile dependency court system. As officers of the court, they ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the community.
CASA volunteers are asked to meet with the child regularly and are authorized to interview people in the child’s life such as social workers, attorneys, and teachers. They attend court hearings with the child and report their findings to the judge.
“Our volunteers pledge to stay with each child until the case is closed, and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home," said Mrs. Melodie Smith, executive director of the CASA Paulding www.casapaulding.org. "The advocate is often the only consistent adult presence in the child’s life.”
With more than 100 children waiting for a CASA volunteer, many more advocates are still needed. There are no prerequisites for becoming a CASA volunteer other than being at least 21 years of age, clearing an extensive background screening and successfully completing 30 hours of training.

Fall 2015 Volunteer Training Opportunity

August 20, 2015 -- CASA Paulding will be conducting a Fall training and certification for individuals interested in becoming a CASA volunteer. The training will start the week of September 14 and will end the week of October 15. On a weekly basis the volunteers will be attending two- three hour classroom training sessions that will be held on Mondays and Thursdays. There is a choice available to attend Mondays and Thursdays either in the morning from 9 am-12 noon or the evening from 6:00pm- 9pm. In addition the new volunteers in training will have the opportunity to sit through court hearings and observe active volunteers in action. The entire training of 30 hours classroom sessions and 10 hours of court observation is all that is required. Upon completion the new volunteers will be sworn in as officers of the court by Judge Miller and obtain a certificate of completion for appointment as Court Appointed Special Advocates to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system of the United States.

We currently plan to host the training at the CASA Paulding office. 244 Carter Road, Dallas, GA 30157.

Please, let us know if you are interested in reserving your seat and the session you prefer to enroll. You may also know of someone that would enjoy being an advocate. Feel free to share this communication with your friends and family members. Call CASA today 770-505-0065.

CASA Paulding Volunteer of the Year!

February 12, 2015 -- Barbara Egner is announced as our 2014 Volunteer of the Year!

Benay Whittaker joins the CASA Team!

February 3, 2015 -- Chief Juvenile Court Judge Sandra Miller swears in Ms. Whittaker as our newest volunteer in 2015.

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