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Atlantic Area CASA
 
 
 
 
 
           
 
Serving Liberty, Long, Bryan, McIntosh, Tattnall, Evans, Ware and Pierce Counties
 
 
Approximately 500,000 children in the US are caught up in the court and child welfare maze because they are unable to live safely at home. Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they can't or won't take care of you. Now, into these children's lives come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers, and more. Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA volunteer.      


 
 Today, more than 70,000 CASA volunteers are spread throughout 955 programs around the country. Because of CASA, more than 2 million children have found their way to a safe home. CASA is the only program of its kind. In the child welfare and family court systems, it is nothing short of a transformation. Everything is built around one child and one compassionate, trained adult advocate for that child.
 
 
In 1999, Atlantic Area Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. began in Liberty County, Georgia after Judge Russell and former Liberty County Department of Family and Children services county director Sallie W. Richardson, saw a need in Liberty County. In 2000, Atlantic Area CASA became incorporated expanded its service area to Liberty, Long, Bryan, McIntosh, Tattnall, and Evans County. In 2012, Atlantic Area CASA expanded its service area again to include Ware and Pierce counties. Since then Atlantic Area CASA has advocated for over 3,000 children in Liberty, Bryan, Long, McIntosh, Tattnall, Evans, Ware and Pierce Counties. We currently advocate for 110 children in these counties and have a total of 37 active volunteers. Atlantic Area CASA provides advocacy service for the entire Atlantic Judicial Circuit and a portion of Waycross Judicial Circuit.
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
  
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 CASA spokesperson Judge Glenda Hatchett