CASA for Children

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

BETWEEN

THE CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

AND

CASA FOR CHILDREN, INC.

This agreement entered into on this 17th day of April 2014 by and between The Cherokee County Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as the “School Board,”

And

CASA for Children, Inc., hereinafter referred to as “CASA,”

WHEREAS, the School Board’s mission is to enable all students to become contributing citizens who can communicate effectively, gather and use information, make responsible decisions, utilize technology effectively and adapt to the challenges of the future, and

WHEREAS, one of the School Board’s Major System Priorities is to increase parental and community involvement through public engagement policies and practices that treat parents, businesses, community-based organizations and agencies, local institutions of higher learning and other public entities as true partners in the educational process, and

WHEREAS, the CASA’s mission is to provide trained volunteer child advocates to serve as a child’s guardian ad litem in Juvenile Court dependency proceedings. The volunteer child advocate promotes services for the child’s physical, medical, emotional and educational well-being during this vulnerable period and serves as a catalyst in the court system to ensure that the child does not linger in foster care but is moved into a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.

WHEREAS, CASA’s vision is that EVERY child should have the chance to grow up in a safe and permanent home. Children who are free from violence and in a stable home are ready to learn.

Now therefore in consideration of the covenants and conditions set forth herein the parties agree as follows:

ARTICLE I
The parties agree that the foregoing recitals are true and correct and incorporated herein by reference:

ARTICLE II
The School Board:
1. Maintain open communication channels, provide necessary School District contact information, and commit to meet with CASA leadership in order to enhance inter-agency cooperation and collaboration.

2. Provide the opportunity for CASA staff to address the School District counselors, social workers and teachers to explain their role in the partnership.

3. Promote CASA programs through existing communication channels, as permitted by School Board policy.

4. Pursue joint grant opportunities in both parties’ best interests.

ARTICLE III
CASA will:
1. Maintain open communication channels, provide necessary organization contact information and commit to meet with School District leadership in order to enhance inter-agency cooperation and collaboration.

2. Provide presentations and/or information relative to its services to School Principals, social workers, counselors and teachers to explain their role in the partnership.

3. Provide CASA staff representation on Safe and Drug Free School Community Advisory Committee, Cherokee County Truancy Panel or other mutually agreeable committee, if requested
by the School Board.

4. Pursue joint grant opportunities in both parties’ best interests.

5. Accept all children for participation within its programs without regard to their gender, race, political affiliation, age, national origin or handicapping condition or any other discrimination
recognized and prohibited by State or Federal Law. Children with handicaps must be provided all necessary levels of supervision and must be included within the activities of the partnering
organization. As a result of this partnership agreement, the CASA must adhere to all local, State or Federal laws regarding education.

ARTICLE IV
The term of this contract is April 17, 2014 through April 17, 2015. This contract shall automatically renew for additional terms not to exceed five years unless either party notifies the other at least 60 days prior to renewal date.

ARTICLE V
All proposed amendments to this contract shall be submitted to the Superintendent of Cherokee County Schools at 110 Academy Street, Canton, Georgia 30114, and to the Executive Director, CASA for Children, Inc. at 100 North Street, Suite G22, Canton, Georgia 30114; and approved by the respective Boards.