Savannah/ Chatham CASA of Savannah, Georgia has been awarded a $18,500 advocacy grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. Funds will be used to help more abused or neglected children in Chatham County benefit from the services of a CASA volunteer.
Savannah/ Chatham CASA is one of almost 1,000 CASA and Guardian ad Litem (GAL) programs across the country that recruit, train and support 76,000 volunteers that help ensure that children who have been removed from their parents’ care receive appropriate services, have a voice in determining their futures and, ultimately, find a safe, permanent home where they can thrive.
A child enters the foster care system every two minutes, and currently there are not enough CASA volunteers to serve every child. On average, for every child assigned a CASA volunteer, two others go it alone. “The needs of Savannah’s children coming into care are more complicated than ever before, and life in foster care can be chaotic,” said Suzanne Wisdom Executive Director. “Every child deserves the support of a caring, consistent adult with the training to help her or him heal and thrive.”
The federal grant funds distributed through National CASA are provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice, as authorized under the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990. They are awarded through a competitive process. In 2016, National CASA awarded over $4.4 million in federal grants.
Savannah/ Chatham CASA is currently recruiting and screening for the next training session which will begin in September 2017. For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer or other ways to get involved in changing a child’s life, contact Suzanne Wisdom, 912-447-8908, email@example.com.