Lori Muggridge is the executive director for the Ocmulgee Court Appointed Special Advocates and has worked with the program since it began in 1998. She started working part time and has seen over 1,000 children helped by volunteers in the eight-county judicial circuit.
“This whole program revolves around our volunteers who make such a big difference in the lives of these children,” she stated.
Muggridge explained that a judge appoints a CASA volunteer to a case to find out the child’s complete situation and so the CASA can focus on what is best for that child.
“We want to make life better and get the child in a permanent situation as soon as possible,” she said.
When the Department of Family and Children Services receives a complaint about a child being abused or neglected, they do the initial investigation. If the child is removed from the home, that is when a CASA volunteer is appointed.
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