Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $49,361)
Georgia Southwestern State University Court Appointed Special Advocates (GSW CASA) serves victims of child abuse and neglect in the Southwestern Judicial Circuit. The mission of the program is to recruit, train, and supervise community volunteers who are appointed by a Judge to speak in the best interests of an abused or neglected child involved in the juvenile court deprivation proceeding. CASA volunteers make recommendations to the Judge about the child's placement ' placement in a safe and permanent home where the effects of child maltreatment and lack of permanency can be minimized. The gap between volunteers and number of children in need of advocacy services will be overcome with additional volunteers recruited and trained through this CASA program. The long range goal of the program is to have a volunteer advocate for every child coming before the court.