Take a look at what the Athens Oconee CASA means to our local volunteers in the video below. Their contributions provide stability, inspiration, support, and healing to foster children around the community. As Catherine Tillman says, it is "love in action."
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The UGA School of Law and Social Work have partnered together in learning about trauma with clients and witnesses in juvenile court through mock trials. Associate Professor of Social Work, Jennifer Elkins, and law school professor, Emma Hetherington have won a national award for this course. This course involves a juvenile judge and students taking the roles of witnesses, defendants, and other attorneys dealing with mock cases regarding child welfare. Social work students get to learn how the legal system worksThose in social work experience how the legal system works and those in law school learn how to understand trauma in the courtroom and with clients. Take a look at WUGA's article to see what these students have gained through this unique experience.
Children First, Inc is growing! Recently, Mary Joyce has become the Associate Director of Children First to encompass all the great work she is doing for the organization. She will continue to manage the SafeCare program as well as conduct billing, administrative work, and marketing for the organization. She is to thank for our most recent success- Reunification Day at City Hall.
In addition, Emily Dant is now the Athens-Oconee CASA Program Coordinator, where she will be taking the lead on organizing and creating strategies that will help navigate the growth of our CASA program.
There are so many new and exciting things coming our way, including an opening for another Advocacy Coordinator! Children First Inc is looking for an individual who is determined, reliable, and skilled in administering case management of open dependency court cases. For more information or to apply, please click on the link below.
We are also taking our volunteer and financial recruitment to another level. We are trying to broaden our reach in Clarke and Oconee counties. Please consider filling out this short survey to help us make new connections.
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