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Amerigroup Foundation Supports Advocacy Efforts for Georgia Youth

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013) – The Amerigroup Foundation presented the Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) with a $10,000 grant to help recruit, train and supervise community volunteers advocating for abused and neglected children.

"Amerigroup is pleased to support the Fulton County CASA program," said Fran Gary, Amerigroup Georgia president. "Today—now more than ever, we must all make it our responsibility to help children in need of support to create stable and healthy lives."

The Fulton County Juvenile code was updated in March 2013, which mandates every adjudicated deprived, abused and neglected child in Fulton County will be assigned a Child Advocate Attorney and a CASA.

"The Fulton County CASA staff and Board of Directors are grateful to the Amerigroup Foundation for its generous contribution, which will allow Fulton County CASA to provide four additional Child Advocacy Volunteer training classes for 60 new volunteer advocates, serving an additional 150 or more abused and neglected children of Fulton County Juvenile Court," said Robbyn Ingram, CASA executive director. "Increasing our volunteer base increases the number of children we advocate for to be placed in safe, permanent homes, as quickly as possible."

When CASAs are assigned to a case, statistics show the child is less likely to languish in foster care. Research also shows without special intervention, children who suffer abuse or neglect are 53 percent more likely to become juvenile delinquents, 38 percent more likely to be arrested as adults and 38 percent more likely to become violent criminals. CASA volunteers help to break this downward spiral and advocate for every child victim to live in a safe and stable home setting that will ultimately support their development into productive citizens of the community.

"Nothing is more important in the life of a child than the knowledge that he or she has a home and family—no matter what," said Chief Judge Bradley J. Boyd, Fulton County Juvenile Court. "No one can give a greater gift to a child than a commitment to making such a home a reality."

About the Amerigroup Foundation

The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., and the largest corporation focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods.

About Amerigroup Georgia

Amerigroup Georgia helps improve health care access and quality for more than 290,000 low-income Georgians by developing innovative care management programs and services. Amerigroup Georgia members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. It provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care.

About Fulton County CASA

Fulton County CASA is a Georgia 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation started in 1995 to provide a voice to speak for best interests of abused and neglected foster children involved in dependency proceedings in Fulton County Juvenile Court. For more information, visit their website or call (404) 613-4720.