We are thrilled to announce that Lauren Hill, our former Family Time Program Coordinator, will be joining the Athens-Oconee CASA team as our new Advocacy Coordinator! Throughout her many years with Children First, Inc., she has worked with every program we have - starting with SafeCare, then SPARC, then Family Time, and now CASA. Her passion for the child welfare field comes from her own personal experiences, and her work with Children First has provided her with a wealth of additional knowledge. We are so excited to see the impact her knowledge and experience will have on the CASA Program and the children we serve.
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.
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