First offenders charged with truancy are matched with a volunteer attorney or volunteer with the CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocate), who act to identify the root causes of the child's excessive, unexcused absences and assist the child in maintaining consistent attendance and academic success.
The attorney or CASA will assist the youth at his/her TIP Hearing and work with the family and other social agencies to formulate solutions to get the child "back on track" academically. Volunteers develop a mentoring relationship with their student, maintaining contact at least once every two weeks during the student's ninety days in the program.
This program is funded by a grant from Kids In Need of Dreams (KIND), Inc.
For further information regarding this program, contact Mary Hogan with the Rockdale County Juvenile Court.