Savannah/Chatham CASA Swears In New Class of Volunteer Advocates on Tuesday

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Savannah/Chatham CASA and Juvenile Court Judges Leroy Burke and Lisa Colbert will swear in 15 new Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 2:00pm at the Chatham County Juvenile Court (197 Carl Griffin Dr). Savannah/Chatham CASA has been aggressively recruiting, training, and swearing in community volunteers to reach the goal of serving 100 percent of children in foster care in Chatham County.

The volunteers recently completed 30 hours of in-class and online training as well as 10 hours of court observation in order to serve as a CASA. The new volunteers are motivated and passionate community members representing various neighborhoods across Chatham County with unique professional and personal experiences.

A CASA volunteer is appointed by a Chatham County Juvenile Court Judge to watch over and advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home.

Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. By advocating on the child’s behalf, a CASA volunteer amplifies the child’s voice to ensure that their needs, desires, and challenges are heard.