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Welcome to Children's Voice: CASA, Inc.

Children's Voice: CASA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located in Douglas County, Georgia, committed to recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children, who have been abused and neglected, in courtrooms and our community. We are empowered directly by the courts and provide judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

We exist to raise awareness of children in foster care and bring positive, permanent change to their lives. With your help we can make a difference. Our website furthers our mission by providing ways for you to learn more and get involved.

Thanks for visiting. We are looking forward to hearing from you. 

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  • Children Served Annually

    271,800

4 Things All Children Need For Good Mental Health

In order for children to grow, learn and reach their full potential, they must have good mental health. But mental and emotional needs aren’t nearly as easy to identify as physical needs. While food, water and shelter are obvious requirements for a child’s well being, the factors that can impact his or her mental health status are less tangible. According to Mental Health America, these are four of the things that children need for good mental health:

- Physical health. A child’s physical health and mental health go hand-in-hand. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sufficient sleep all greatly benefit their emotional state.

- Unconditional love from family. An environment of love and acceptance at home is crucial. Children should know that even though they make mistakes and will continue to do so, they will always be loved and accepted for who they are.

- Self-confidence and high self-esteem. Building self-confidence in children requires thoughtfulness. Children should be encouraged to try new things even if failure is very possible, and they should be taught how to set realistic goals and deal with different outcomes. Adults should be careful not to put too much weight in giving praise and should always avoid making sarcastic or dismissive remarks when a child is dealing with failure.

- The opportunity for play. Though playtime might just seem like lighthearted fun, it is absolutely necessary for a child’s mental health development. Playing allows them to explore their creativity, and doing so with other children teaches them how to form relationships, problem-solve and cooperate with others.