CASAs vs. GALs vs. Case Managers


CASA Volunteers are, like Attorneys and GALs, officers of the court. A judge appointed a special advocate to represent the best interests of abused and/or neglected children in court proceedings.


CASA Volunteers gather information for the court. She or he recommends to the judge what the child needs to be safe and what it is in the child’s best interest for a permanent home. A CASA Volunteer advocates for a speedy decision that considers a child’s sense of time.


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Let’s Hear From the Children

An interesting article: Advice From Children Who Have Experiences in the Foster Care Setting.

They spoke about ways to assist service delivery during the transition into foster care. These children discussed the importance of tending to experiences such as foster home expectations, the importance of time and information, the new foster/parent-child relationship, coping with stress, the ability to be engaged in decision-making, and the need to build a trusting and personal relationship between children in care and their care givers.

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Why, you might ask, has the DeKalb County CASA Program decided to start blogging? Well, it’s simple. We wanted to provide an arena for our volunteers, supporters, sponsors, funders, and others who are interested in what we do (advocating for children) to comment, share, and talk about resources available for children in foster care. Or resources for our volunteers. Whatever the case may be, this is the place to talk. Continue reading

Where We Came From and What We Do

A Little History

The first CASA program began in Seattle, Washington in 1977 as the idea of Judge David Soukup. This one program initiated a movement, which has since grown to include over 900 programs in all 50 states across the nation.

The DeKalb County CASA Program began in 1990. Founded by a Child Advocate Attorney, it operated as a part-time program directly under the supervision of the Child Advocate Office for nearly 7 years. It was at first staffed by MSW interns as their practicum site.  In 1997, with the approval of a grant from National CASA, the program became full time.


The mission of the DeKalb County CASA Program is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the juvenile court, seeking to assure safe, permanent families for them as quickly as possible.

CASA accomplishes this mission by training and supporting citizen volunteers who serve as advocates for individual children while maintaining proper ethical behavior, respect, and confidentiality.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, feel free to contact our office at 404-378-0038. Or email us at

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