Donna Kelley says she read a newspaper article about the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program in the Journal last year and “just knew” she wanted to get involved.
“I said to myself, ‘I really think I can do this,’” she remembers. “And I didn’t let anybody talk me out of it.”
Since then she’s worked several court cases involving children in Madison and surrounding counties.
A CASA is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of an abused or neglected child in juvenile court proceedings. The CASA volunteer’s job is to advocate for the child to be placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. To do this, the volunteer meets and gets to know the child and those around him or her and writes a report to the judge with his/her recommendations.
Pictured (L-R) are CASA volunteer Donna Kelley, Northeast Georgia CASA executive director Melissa Mitchell and CASA volunteer Robin Hawkins, who talked with the Journal recently about what it’s like being a court-appointed volunteer for children. Margie Richards/staff
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