CASA in Jackson County was Founded by Judge Kevin Guidry and is located in the Courthouse!

CASA in Jackson County Georgia was founded by Judge Kevin Guidry right after he was appointed by the Superior court Judges, this organization is located in the courthouse. This not only looks like a duck- it smells like a duck. The word that comes to mind here is Collusion!

Annette K. Raymond
Executive Director
Piedmont CASA

Founded in 2000 by Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Guidry and based in the Jackson County Courthouse, Piedmont CASA saw its first volunteer in 2001. CASA—Court Appointed Special Advocates—trains and supervises volunteers who provide a voice for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties. “The volunteers do what it takes to make sure the children stay safe,” said Piedmont CASA Executive Director Annette Raymond.

Raymond came on board as executive director on April 1, 2005, after a two-year stint as a volunteer in the Athens-Oconee CASA group that serves Clarke and Oconee counties. She left a higher-paying, long-term career as an office manager of a law firm in Athens because she “believes in the importance of this program.” She says her favorite part of working for CASA is getting to meet a lot of interesting people and getting to spread the message about her near-and-dear organization. She also says that, “The best recruiting (of volunteers) is done by someone who is passionate—and I am passionate!”

CASA volunteers receive a court order to investigate a particular abuse or neglect case. They talk to the people who matter most in a child’s life: family, foster parents and teachers. With the information they are able to gather from these sources they are able to report their findings to the juvenile court. It is the court order that allows them to legally investigate the child’s family life and other important aspects that play a role in the handling of each case.

Raymond is driven every day to help the children served by CASA.

“Seeing children get to go home with their (birth) parents and seeing families reunited is wonderful,” she said. Raymond and the volunteers who assist her are currently serving 49 children, a third of whom are from Jackson County. Their goal is to get children into a permanent, safe home as soon as possible. In 2006, they supported 89 children.

Raymond’s job includes recruiting and training volunteers. “We’ve heightened the awareness of what CASA does and have shown the community its importance,” she commented. They have more than doubled the volunteer base since Raymond’s entrance as executive director, growing from 12 to 28 volunteers. The current volunteer training opportunity began on July 12 and will be held every Thursday for seven weeks at the Braselton Community Center.

In her personal life, Raymond enjoys playing the piano, and even has two degrees in music. She plays the piano and organ at UGA Catholic Center in Athens and accompanies instrumentalists and vocalists. She is also an active member of the Southeastern Newfoundland Club and rescues Newfoundland dogs from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

For information on Piedmont CASA visit or call Annette Raymond at 706-387-6375.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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One Response to CASA in Jackson County was Founded by Judge Kevin Guidry and is located in the Courthouse!

  1. Fred's Mother says:

    EXACT Same thing for
    Child-Abusing Skanky A**
    TAmmi Fearin Hickman
    she, too is located RIGHT INSIDE the Court house of Johnson County, IN and has more than likely provided SIGNIFICANT Financial (and other) favours to Keith Mark Loyd who has basically
    ignored his oath of office
    failed to uphold the constitutional rights of an INNOCENT PARENT
    Ignored the requirements of Indiana law and ILLEGALLY AND FRAUDULENTLY Terminated the parental rights of a FIT MOTHER who has NEVER had abuse or neglect substantiated!!!!
    Don’t think there’s anything improper going on there, now do you??
    Hickman has so much money, she BOASTS About flying off to London’s Picadilly Circus TO GO ON SHOPPING Sprees IN A BAD ECONOMY!!

    NO, she doesn’t get stipends for stealing children from innocent parents, any more than little Green Fairies fly around and take people to Never-Never Land!!!


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