Amerigroup Foundation Supports Advocacy Efforts for Georgia Youth

  Amerigroup Foundation Supports Advocacy Efforts for Georgia Youth

Business Wire

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- October 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 www.FultonCountyCASA.org or call (404)
613-4720.

Contact:

Maureen C. McDonnell
Vice President, External Communications
WellPoint, Government Business Division
(757) 473-2731
maureen.mcdonnell@amerigroup.com
or
Finley Hines
Public Relations Specialist
WellPoint, Government Business Division
(757) 955-8831
finley.hines@amerigroup.com
 
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