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Child advocates take cause to Capitol
Those at a legislative briefing during CASA and Foster Youth at the Capitol Day included, from left, Brittney Scott, Rep. Al Williams, Irene McCall, director, and Yvonne Woods, Atlantic CASA board member. - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
The CASA and Foster Youth at the Capitol Day was in Atlanta last month and two child advocates from the Atlantic Area CASA, Director Irene B. McCall and Yvonne Woods, attended.
Hosted by the Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the day centered on CASA volunteers, board members, and staff from across the state meeting with state lawmakers and sharing their concerns about abused and neglected children in foster care that their CASA programs serve.
As in the past, CASA was joined by about 40 teenage foster youth from across the state, including Brittney Scott, a former foster care youth who is now a top student at Georgia State University and recipient of a congressional internship in Washington.
The day began with a CASA proclamation presented on behalf of Gov. and Mrs. Perdue by Jen Bennecke, executive director of the Georgia Children's Trust Fund. It was followed by a speech by Judge Steven C. Teske, juvenile court of Clayton County and a legislative briefing attended by Rep. Al Williams (D-Midway) and Sen. Eric Johnson (R-Savannah).
The day concluded with a Chick-fil-A luncheon to thank the legislators for their support of CASA, foster children/youth and child welfare issues.
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