Welcome to CASA of Houston County, Inc.
2012 Innovative Program Award of Excellence in recognition of exceptional contributions in advocacy on behalf of the abused and neglected children in Georgia
Our MISSION is to recruit, train, supervise, and retain culturally responsive volunteers to advocate for the ‘best interest’ of deprived children in Houston County; one child at a time.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to advocate for an abused or neglected child in juvenile court deprivation proceedings.
July - September 2015:
Total Children Served: 89 Assigned CASAs: 24
Total New Children: 13 #CASA Hours: 245
# of children needing an advocate: 37 Total CASA Miles: 1,495
CASA is the only national organization of volunteer advocates who have been trained to speak as independent voices in court for children's best interests. The U.S. Department of Justice has recognized CASA as a model program and views it as a "safety net for abused and neglected children."
How we served FY2015:
Children Served: 98 Volunteers Advocates: 31
Miles traveled in Advocacy: 11,480 Volunteer Board Members: 5
Hours donated to Advocacy: 886
Demographics of Children Served:
Gender: Females: 48 Males: 50
Ethnic Origin: African-American: 42
Type of Case: Neglect: 33
Physical Abuse: 12
Sexual Abuse: 2
Substance Abuse: 29
Domestic Violence: 8
Mental Illness of parent: 5
Medical Neglect: 2
Emotional Abuse: 2
Children in Closed Cases: 22
Case Outcome: Emancipated: 2
Never Served: 1
Child raw away: 1
Other (custody to non-custodial parent) - 1