Amanda Camp, executive director of Coweta CASA, recently told members of White Oak Golden K about what CASA does.
Every day children are taken from their homes because of the tragic loss of a parent from illness, violence or incarceration. Many people assume these children will have a safe place to live, to be treated with dignity and compassion, so they can recover from the traumatic loss of their home and family.
The child welfare system, however, is often overburdened with the growing numbers and needs of children who are in foster care through no fault of their own.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. It is a national network of nearly 1,000 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courts and communities. With a CASA volunteer, a child is half as likely to languish in foster care and the child welfare system, and he or she is that much more likely to find a safe, permanent home.
Coweta CASA is made up of committed men and women – from all walks of life – who believe that every child has the right to be treated with dignity, to be safe and to thrive in the embrace of a loving family. Coweta CASAs are trained volunteers appointed by the Coweta County Juvenile Court to advocate for children in foster care.
Each CASA follows one court case – a child or siblings – providing caring attention and a voice in court. They are for the child in a hectic, overworked system. Camp spoke to White Oak Golden K during a weekly club meeting at Sprayberry’s on Highway 34.