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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.

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
efforts

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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
throughout Alabama

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Alabama counties
with CASA Programs

Alabama CASA Programs by county and year established:
  • Jefferson County – 1985
  • Madison County – 1989
  • Shelby County – 1992
  • Marshall County – 1996
  • Mobile County – 1997
  • Lauderdale County (Shoals CASA) – 2002
  • Cullman County – 2008
  • Colbert County (Shoals CASA) – 2009
  • Lee County – 2011
  • 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 – 2012
  • Morgan County (CASA of North Alabama) – 2014
  • Delkab County (CASA of North Sand Mountain) – 2016
  • Jackson County (CASA of North Sand Mountain) – 2016
  • Autauga County – 2018
  • Houston County – 2018
  • Limestone County – 2018 (CASA of North Alabama)

Currently, 48 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
Lauren Keet
Warren Averett

Vice-President
Ellen Presley Proctor
Encompass Health Corporation

Vice-President
Sarah Merkle
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Treasurer
Jennifer Hardin
Warren Averett

Secretary
Phillip Rodgers
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

Director
Amy W. Savoie
Protective Life Corporation

Director
Gayle Watts
Children’s Aid Society of Alabama

Director
Lisa Stone
Community Volunteer

Director
Chad Smith
ISI Therapeutic Family Services, LLC

Director
Todd Crutchfield
The Crutchfield Firm

Director
Laura Kovalcik
CAJA of Madison County
Local CASA Program Representative 

Staff

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State Executive Director
Jimmy Hill
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State Program Manager
Darla Evans
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State Operations Manager
Kai Stevens
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State Administrative Assistant
Vacant
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State Resource Specialist
Amber Epting
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State Operations Specialist
Erin Clevenger
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334-203-1415

Facebook Posts

@nationalcasagal The issues surrounding opioid addiction are complex. One thing that makes CASA Volunteers so effective is the investment that we make in their ongoing training and support. #NationalSubstanceAbusePreventionMonth nationalcasagal.org/our-work/priority-focus-areas/serving-victims-of-the-opioid-crisis/ ... See MoreSee Less

@nationalcasagal The issues surrounding opioid addiction are complex. One thing that makes CASA Volunteers so effective is the investment that we make in their ongoing training and support. #NationalSubstanceAbusePreventionMonth https://nationalcasagal.org/our-work/priority-focus-areas/serving-victims-of-the-opioid-crisis/

CASA volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Each volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Our volunteers help Judges develop a fuller picture of each child’s life. Their advocacy enables Judges to make the most well-informed decision for each child. You can make a difference! Complete a volunteer application at: alabamacasa.org and #ChangeAChildsStory as a Court Appointed Volunteer. ... See MoreSee Less

CASA volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Each volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Our volunteers help Judges develop a fuller picture of each child’s life. Their advocacy enables Judges to make the most well-informed decision for each child. You can make  a difference! Complete a volunteer application at: alabamacasa.org and #ChangeAChildsStory as a Court Appointed Volunteer.
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