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THANK YOU to all our donors from April - June! 
Your support of Georgia CASA helps to provide comprehensive support services to our affiliate programs, enabling them to offer the highest quality of advocacy to dependent children. 

 

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Calendar of Events   

8/22 - 24:
Training of the Facilitator
(Macon, GA)

9/7:
(Atlanta, GA)

9/14:
Georgia CASA Board Retreat
(Atlanta, GA)

10/25 - 27:
(Augusta, GA)

2/14, 2018:
CASA Day at the Capitol
(Atlanta, GA)
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3/9 - 13, 2018:
National CASA Conference
(Boston, MA)
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3/28, 2018:
Georgia CASA Luncheon & Fashion Show Fundraiser
(Atlanta, GA)
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SUMMER 2017
Governor Deal Commends Diana Smith, National & Georgia CASA Volunteer of the Year
In June, Governor Deal commended Diana Smith, CASA Volunteer with Enotah CASA, on her honors as both Georgia and National CASA Volunteer of the Year. Diana, along with Enotah CASA Executive Director Linda D'Angelo and Georgia CASA staff, had a photo made with Governor Deal in his office at the Capitol. Diana also received recognition from Senator Steve Gooch.
Diana Smith stands with Gov. Deal. Also pictured (l-r): Angela Tyner(Georgia CASA), Linda D'Angelo (Enotah CASA), Duaine Hathaway and Jennifer King (Georgia CASA)

Georgia CASA Conference a Success
The annual Georgia CASA Conference, held on April 22nd with over 450 attendees, was very successful! The day included engaging and inspiring speakers, dynamic workshops, recognition of several award winners (both individuals and affiliate CASA programs) and recognition of the CASA Volunteer of the Year nominees. Pictured below are the award winners.
CASA of Paulding County - Award of Excellence Winner
 
CASA Glynn - Award of Excellence Winner

 

Diana Smith, CASA Volunteer of the Year, with Rod Walker (Georgia CASA Board Chair) and Linda D'Angelo (Enotah CASA Executive Director)

 

 

Stacy Garmon, Board Member Leadership Award Winner, with Charmagne Helton (Georgia CASA Board Member)

 


Thank You to the Office Depot Foundation
A big thank you goes to the Office Depot Foundation for donating sackpacks to CASA/foster children in Georgia as the new school year starts back soon! We appreciate the long-standing support of Office Depot through its national partnership with the National CASA Association.
Duaine Hathaway, Georgia CASA Executive Director, with Office Depot representatives

Farewell to Outgoing Board Members and Welcome to New Members
Thank you to the following Georgia CASA board members who completed their terms of service on June 30th. We are grateful for their service and continued support of the CASA organization in Georgia.
  • Susan Abramson, Real Estate Management
  • Rosalind Alston, Chattahoochee CASA
  • Carolyn Dobbins, Rogers & Harden
  • Baerbel Freudenthaler, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
  • Lainie Jenkins, CASA of the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit

Welcome to the following new board members whose terms of service began July 1st. We look forward to their valuable contributions as board members.

  • Dawn Charleston-Green, CASA of the Augusta Judicial Circuit
  • Steve Gill, Gwinnett County CASA
  • Petula Gomillion, Atlantic Area CASA
  • Marie Hannon, C. Parks Catering (returning after one-year sabbatical)
  • Dianne Scoggins, CASA of the Appalachian Judicial CIrcuit (returning after one-year sabbatical)
Georgia's Ranking in KidsCount 2017 Data Book
For the second consecutive year, Georgia ranked 42nd in the Kids Count 2017 Data Book, which tracks 16 indicators in four areas - economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
 
The state's data showed improvements in economic well-being and family Kids Count Logo and community, including declines in the child poverty level and in teen pregnancies. Not much improvement was shown in the educational area.
 
Georgia's rankings in the four areas are as follows:
Economic well-being - 44th
Education - 34th
Health - 38th
Family and community - 41st
 
Click here to access the 2017 Kids Count Data Book. For more information specifically on Georgia's ranking, click here.
Affiliate Program Highlights
With April as National Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month, many CASA programs held events, including pinwheels for prevention displays and 5K runs. Bartow County CASA placed pinwheels on the lawn of the old courthouse in Cartersville and held an Awareness Day downtown, holding signs and dancing with Quacky, their duck mascot. Quacky reminded the community about the Duck Dash and Fun Run and the Duck Derby that were all held in May to benefit Advocates for Bartow's Children, the umbrella organization for Bartow County CASA.

Children's Voice: CASA, serving Douglas County, had two staff members - Ann Mathis and Joy Bates - who presented a workshop at the National CASA Conference in Seattle in June. The topic was technology and volunteer engagement. This was the second year they presented at the conference.

The CASA organization in Georgia was featured on 11Alive's Atlanta & Co. show in April. Graham Crowther, CASA volunteer with Fulton County CASA, and Jennifer King, Program Operations Director with Georgia CASA, were guests on the show. They shared about the CASA organization and need for many more CASA volunteers to be everyday heroes for children in foster care.

On the set of Atlanta & Co.

Reminder about CWTC Trainings
The Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC) is a partnership between the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and the Georgia State University School of Social Work Professional Excellence Program. CWTC offers training and community engagement activities throughout the state. The program promotes collaboration, provides networking opportunities, and helps create a common understanding about issues that affect children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect. The trainings are offered free of charge, and CEU's are available for many disciplines. For further information, please visit the website or to register for classes visit the calendar or contact CWTC at cwtc@gsu.edu or 404-809-1892.
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