Court appointed special advocates - casa for children
Children deserve a stable home, with plenty of food, laughter, structure, and love. Unfortunately, there are more than 10,000 abused or neglected children in Alabama who aren’t experiencing this at all. Instead, they’re attending court hearings. They’re adjusting to new homes – perhaps the third or fourth. They’re transitioning to new schools. These are heavy burdens for a child to carry. With a CASA volunteer advocate dedicated to their case, Alabama’s most vulnerable children will have someone speaking up for their best interests.
The Alabama CASA 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 or abandoned child in Alabama will have a safe, nurturing, permanent home.
CASA/CAJA (Court Appointed Juvenile Advocate) programs assist 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 is Alabama casa network?
When a child enters the child welfare system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or a CASA volunteer, to advocate for the best interests of the child in court and other settings.
CASA volunteers are a diverse group of people whose role is crucial in creating positive impact in the lives of Alabama children. Their passion and altruism strengthen our movement, changing the future of neglected and abused children by speaking up for them, loud and clear, to help move them out of foster care and into happy and safe homes.
At the local level, the 12 CASA programs in 16 Alabama counties do the hands-on work of recruiting, screening, training and supervising these dedicated volunteers.
At the state level, Alabama CASA provides financial support and services as well as guidance and quality assurance to help the local programs operate effectively and have the resources to seek out the best possible volunteers.