Overview

What is CASA?

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. The Cobb County CASA program is a court-based program of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County. It was created to provide a voice to speak for the best interests of maltreated children in dependency proceedings.

Federal law requires that a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) or a CASA volunteer or both be appointed in all cases of child abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers are carefully recruited, screened, trained, and supervised by the courts. 

Serving as the eyes and ears of the court, a CASA volunteer's main purpose is to speak for the best interest of the child.

Our Mission at Cobb County CASA

The Juvenile Court of Cobb County Court Appointed Special 
Advocates (CASA) program provides thoroughly screened, expertely trained, and fully 
supervised community-based, citizen volunteers to advocate for the 
best interests of children involved in juvenile court 
dependency proceedings. Cobb County Court Appointed Special Advocates speak 
up for the needs and basic human rights of child victims of abuse and 
neglect, one child at a time.

Our History

Concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children's lives without sufficient information, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court. So successful was this Seattle program that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today more than 900 CASA program offices are in operation, with trained women and men serving as CASA volunteers. The Juvenile Court of Cobb County CASA Program started serving children in 1991.

Juvenile Court of Cobb County/CASA is a program of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County, a member of the National CASA Association, Inc. (www.casaforchildren.org) and affiliated with Georgia CASA, Inc. (www.gacasa.org).