The newest cohort of Court Appointed Special Advocates began their five-week training to give children in foster care a voice of their own

Macon, GA – According to the city officials, this newest cohort was nine people with a diversity of age, race, backgrounds, and experience, and it’s the largest class they’ve ever trained.

Officials also said that the training runs for five weeks with volunteers attending most sessions via Zoom, completing online course work, and observing court cases prior to certification.  

This program is supported by a Macon Violence Prevention grant from Macon-Bibb County and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

This past summer, Central Georgia CASA was one of 25 recipients of the first round of Macon Violence Prevention grants. It received $25,000 to recruit, train, and support more volunteers for children 12 years of age and older.      

CASAs are sworn in through the juvenile court system and meet with their assigned child at least once a month, as well as the child’s doctors, teachers, case workers, foster parents, and often their biological parents to make sure the child’s needs are being met. They also prepare written and oral reports to present to the courts. The goal is to make sure that child is receiving the care they need. This commitment takes about 10-15 hours per month.   

The next cohort starts in late February or early March. To volunteer, you must be 21 years or older, and be able to pass a background check. The only requirement otherwise is to be compassionate and ready to help. To sign up, or learn more about the program, visit CGCASA.org.  

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