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MISSION

The mission of the Alabama CASA Network, Inc. is to equip and empower CASA programs to advocate for all of Alabama’s abused and neglected children.

VISION

Our vision is that all abused or neglected children will obtain a volunteer to advocate on their behalf so that they can thrive.

The Network

On the state level, Alabama CASA Network serves as the parent organization providing support, technical assistance, guidance and quality assurance to help local programs operate effectively and recruit the best possible volunteers. This includes:

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Volunteer training and
continuing education

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Technical Assistance and Training for Local Programs

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Resource Development Assistance

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Public awareness
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Legislative and
governmental advocacy

On the local level, CASA programs do the hands-on work of recruiting, screening, training and supervising our dedicated volunteers. Currently there are:

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CASA Programs
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Alabama counties
with CASA Programs

Alabama CASA Programs by county and year established:
  • 1985 – Jefferson County – CASA of Jefferson County
  • 1989 – Madison County – CAJA of Madison County
  • 1992 – Shelby County – CASA of Shelby County
  • 1996 – Marshall County – CAJA of Marshall County
  • 1997 – Mobile County – CASA of Mobile County
  • 2002 – Lauderdale County – Shoals CASA
  • 2008 – Cullman County – CASA of Cullman County
  • 2009 – Colbert County – Shoals CASA
  • 2011 – Lee County – CASA of Lee County
  • 2012 – Talladega County – CASA of the Cheaha Region
  • 2012 – St. Clair County – CASA of the Cheaha Region
  • 2012 – Calhoun County – CASA of the Cheaha Region
  • 2012 – Dallas County – CASA of Dallas County
  • 2014 – Morgan County – CASA of North Alabama
  • 2016 – Dekalb County – CASA of North Sand Mountain
  • 2016 – Jackson County – CASA of North Sand Mountain
  • 2018 – Autauga County – CASA of Autauga County
  • 2018 – Houston County – CASA of the Wiregrass Region
  • 2018 – Limestone County – CASA of North Alabama
  • 2019 – Henry County – CASA of the Wiregrass Region
  • 2020 – Montgomery County – CASA of Montgomery County

Currently, 46 counties in the state do not have CASA programs to serve abused and neglected children in their communities.

In the future, we hope our services can expand to advocate for the well-being of every vulnerable child in Alabama.

History

1977
1977
In 1977, Judge David Soukup, a Seattle juvenile court judge, was concerned that there was too little information available to base life-changing decisions about the safety, permanency and well-being of children. To address this problem, he conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. A CASA pilot program was formed to recruit and train community volunteers based on Judge Soukup’s idea.
1982
1982
In 1982, the national CASA Association was established to direct CASA’s emerging national presence. From that first program has grown a network of nearly 1,000 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Read more about the history of the CASA movement.
1993–1997
1993–1997
On September 24, 1993, representatives from the then three local CASA programs (Jefferson, Madison, and Shelby) met and voted to establish a formal Alabama State CASA Network. As a result, the Alabama CASA Network, Inc. was incorporated in 1997.
Today
Today
Today, the Alabama CASA Network supports 15 programs across the state. Check out our directory to locate a program in your area.

Leadership

Board of Directors

President
Ellen Presley Proctor
Encompass Health Corporation

Vice-President
Roger Williams
Patterson & Prince, CPA’s

Treasurer/Finance Chair
Lauren Keet
Warren Averett

Secretary
Phillip Rodgers
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

Director/Governance Chair
Luke Coley
Coley Law Firm

Director/Personnel Chair
Amy Savoie
Protective Life Corporation

Director
Jennifer Hardin
Warren Averett

Director
Rima Hartman
Bressler Amery & Ross

Director
Latasha Durr
CASA of Lee County
Local CASA Program Representative 

Director
Chad Smith
ISI Therapeutic Family Services, LLC

Staff

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State Executive Director
Jimmy Hill
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334-203-1415

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State Program Manager
Pam Seidler
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334-203-1415

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State Operations Manager
Kai Stevens Burt
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334-203-1415

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State Operations Specialist
Erin Clevenger
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334-203-1415

IRS Form 990

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ANNUAL REPORT

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"The best way to make children good is to make them happy." - Oscar Wilde

By becoming a CASA volunteer, you have the power to incite happiness into a child's life! Learn more at alabamacasa.org/volunteer.
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The best way to make children good is to make them happy. - Oscar Wilde 

By becoming a CASA volunteer, you have the power to incite happiness into a childs life! Learn more at alabamacasa.org/volunteer.

DID YOU KNOW ❓❓❓ Placing children with relatives helps to maintain family connections and cultural traditions that can minimize the trauma of family separation and relieve the anxieties that come with traditional foster placements.

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DID YOU KNOW ❓❓❓ Placing children with relatives helps to maintain family connections and cultural traditions that can minimize the trauma of family separation and relieve the anxieties that come with traditional foster placements. 

#reunificationmonth #reunite #iamforthechild #changeachildsstory #casa #alabamacasa

National CASA/GAL’s second guiding principle for its member network of 950 state organizations and local programs focuses on and recognizes the importance of family preservation and/or reunification. The 2020 National CASA/GAL Standards for Local Programs states:
✨ It is in a child’s best interests to remain with their family of origin when safely possible;
✨ The program acknowledges that children experience trauma when separated from their family of origin; and
✨ If a child is removed from their family of origin, it is in the child’s best interests to be reunified with their family of origin as soon as safely possible.
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We’re excited to share that the Alabama CASA Network has earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency with Guidestar/Candid! Now, you can support our work with trust and confidence by viewing our #NonprofitProfile: www.guidestar.org/profile/72-1374587 ... See MoreSee Less

We’re excited to share that the Alabama CASA Network has earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency with Guidestar/Candid! Now, you can support our work with trust and confidence by viewing our  #NonprofitProfile: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/72-1374587

Consider volunteering to become a CASA for a child or children in need. YOU can change a child's story, impact their future and make a difference. alabamacasa.org/volunteer/ ... See MoreSee Less

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