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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Troup and Heard counties are looking for volunteers to work with local abused and neglected children during the journey of finding them a safe home.

Everyday an average of 186 incidents of child abuse or neglect are reported and CASA is a national program of trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in a juvenile court deprivation proceeding.

The group advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children, with the belief that every child is entitled to a safe, stable and permanent home. In achieving that mission, the program provides screened, trained and supervised volunteers who will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.

CASA works in collaboration with key agencies, a guardian ad litem and community resources to achieve the child’s best interest.

CASA of Troup and Heard counties are currently handling 63 cases of child abuse or neglect in the area.

If you want to become a CASA volunteer, please contact Executive Director June Nelson at 706-298-3634 or jnelson@troupco.org.

You must be 21 years of age and have sincere care for the well-being of children. After an application is submitted with four personal and professional references, the applicant must undergo a criminal background check, interview with a CASA staff member, complete 30 hours of training and be sworn in by a judge.

The next training classes will be Sept. 16 to Oct. 1 from 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the CASA office at 118 Ridley Ave.

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