It's estimated that there are hundreds of neglected and abused children in Chatham County. Many of their cases are assigned to CASA, a court-appointed special advocate.
Special advocate Georgia Benton is a retired school teacher, a mother of five and grandmother of five. Children have been her passion for as long as she can remember.
"I enjoy children, so I take the knowledge that God has granted me and I use it to the best of my ability to look out for someone else's child," she said.
When children are neglected or abused by their parents, they often wind up in juvenile court. It's people like Benton who make sure that the outcome is in the best interest of the child.
"She's a special individual because, number one, she's a volunteer," said advocacy coordinator Julia Williams. "Number two, she looks out for what is in the best interest of a child that has been abused, neglected or abandoned."
Benton taught school in Chatham and Effingham Counties for more than 30 years. When she retired, she just couldn't stop helping children.
"I enjoy it when I can see a child that may have been disabled, hospitalized and I can get word that he's walking around or she is moving," she said. "Oh, it's a joy. It's a joy to see a child progress and move forward."
For devoting most of her adult life to caring for, teaching and being a strong advocate for children, Georgia Benton is this week's WTOC Hometown Hero.
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