ABOUT ALABAMA CASA Network
The Alabama CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Network is committed to promoting awareness of child abuse and neglect in our state through the development of our local CASA programs and encourages efforts to ensure that every abused, neglected and/or abandoned child in Alabama will have a safe, nurturing, permanent home.
CASA/CAJA (Court Appointed Juvenile Advocate) programs assist the juvenile/family court in carrying out its role in the child services protective services system. The CASA/CAJA volunteer is the "eyes and ears and often the heart of the court".
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CASA VOLUNTEER
When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need. CASA volunteers save taxpayers money and children’s futures by helping children find safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.