When a child is alleged to be the victim of child abuse or neglect (deprivation), the Court will often appoint a CASA for the child. That person is responsible for independently investigating the case. If the case proceeds to court the CASA will speak for the child and give the Court an opinion recommending an outcome that the CASA believes is in the best interest of the child. If the Court continues to exercise jurisdiction over the case, the CASA will work with the child throughout the child's tenure at the Court to ensure that the court order is being complied with and that the treatment plan is still appropriate for the child. These volunteers must be able to communicate effectively with children and others, to come to court when needed, and operate effectively in an environment involving lawyers, courts, state agencies, etc.
For more information about CASA visit www.cobbcountycasa.org, or contact Maricruz Garcia at 770-528-1095.