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CASA of the Year
CASA of the Year Jackie Cummins, left, and Rockdale CASA Director Lynn Killman. - photo by Jessica Smith

Rockdale Court Appointed Special Advocates, an organization providing a volunteer staff of investigators and advocates for children in the judicial system, recently celebrated the successes and dedication of their members at an annual Christmas and awards dinner. The Carriage House at the Georgia International Horse Park was adorned with snowflakes representing local children in foster care. “Snowflakes are all beautiful and not two are alike; they’re delicate and fragile, like our kids in so many ways,” said Alcovy CASA director Jim Killman. “It’s you, the CASA, who try to see their best interests are served…attorneys look after their legal rights and CASA looks after their souls.”

 Probate Judge Lillis Brown, a founding CASA board member, was awarded the Light of Hope honor for her lifetime devotion to children’s legal rights and care. “As we all age, our children become our future. To me, there’s nothing worse than seeing a child not taken care of or loved,” said Judge Brown.

Three-year volunteer Jackie Cummins was named Rockdale’s CASA of the Year. “This a very small person who was backed into a corner during her first hearing and came out swinging,” said Rockdale CASA Director Lynn Killman. “I’ve since seen her take on people she knew were dishonest and would not back down. She’s amazed me.” One of Cummins’ recent outcomes was overseeing the adoption of 10 children. To learn more about the program or volunteering, visit or call (770)761-0202.