To the Editor:

Let me tell you about a number that keeps us up at night. 42. Forty-two is the number of children facing the local juvenile court system without a Court Appointed Special Advocate to look out for their best interests. We need more CASA volunteers. And we need them now.

CASA volunteers do irreplaceable work. These compassionate community members volunteer their time to stand up and speak out on behalf of local children. They show up for children when they’re needed the most and make sure EVERY WORD is HEARD. They provide consistency and advocacy that leads to quicker permanency in a child’s life. These CASA volunteers all hold one belief: that every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable and loving home. And 42 Athens County children are still waiting for a CASA volunteer to step into their corner. 

And that’s where you come in.

CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are retired; some work fulltime; some are students. Some have social services or education backgrounds; some have science or history backgrounds. Regardless of who you are, you have a unique perspective that could benefit one of the 42 children who are still waiting for a CASA volunteer of their own. 

Applications are currently being accepted for our fall training cohort, beginning in October. If you would like to learn more about the CASA program and how you can help, please forward all questions to If you would like to #bethedifference in the life of a child, apply today at

Kalei Edenfield

Volunteer Coordinator

Athens CASA/GAL Program

South Court Street


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