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Local CASA volunteers attend state conference

POSTED: May 26, 2011 7:39 p.m.

Ten community CASA volunteers from CASA program for the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit attended the Georgia CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) state conference in Atlanta on April 16 to enhance their skills as CASA volunteers as they work with abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court proceedings.

With more than 40  children abused or neglected every day in Georgia, enhancing the skills of CASA volunteers and other workers in the child welfare system is a very important component in helping to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect. The conference provided participants with an opportunity to learn from experts in the child welfare field and meet other dedicated CASA volunteers from across the state. Twenty-three workshops were offered on a variety of topics relevant to the work of CASA volunteers.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker will be Ashley Rhodes-Courter, a former foster youth and author of her published memoir, “Three Little Words.”

CASA Ogeechee is an affiliate of Georgia CASA. Georgia CASA is a nonprofit organization with 47 community-based programs that train and supervise volunteers to advocate for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and are involved in juvenile court proceedings.

Last year, over 2,100 CASA volunteers in Georgia served over 8,700 children. Locally, 15 CASA volunteers are serving 26 children in Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins and Screven counties.

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