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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 (Northeast Region CASA – Tri County Division) – 2012
  • St. Clair County (Northeast Region CASA – Tri County Division) – 2012
  • Calhoun County (Northeast Region CASA – Tri County Division) – 2012
  • Dallas County – 2012
  • Morgan County (CASA of North Alabama) – 2014
  • Delkab County (Northeast Region CASA – Mountain Division) – 2016
  • Jackson County (Northeast Region CASA – Mountain Division) – 2016
  • Autauga County – 2018
  • Houston County – 2018
  • Limestone County – 2018 (CASA of North Alabama)

Currently, 47 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 14 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
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

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
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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
Aleesha Dillon
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State Operations Specialist
Erin Clevenger
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State Program Specialist
Madison Church
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334-203-1415

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State Resource Specialist
Amber Epting
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334-203-1415

Facebook Posts

A Voice For The VoicelessWe are eight days into Child Abuse Prevention Month. Today, Cheaha CASA spotlights a steady, necessary presence for many of St. Clair County's most vulnerable children, Laurie Mize Henderson. Laurie serves fervently as a GAL for numerous children suffering abuse and neglect, while also adamantly serving the parents of children who need a knowledgeable, dedicated attorney to fight for their rights to their precious children. Laurie's undoubted skill, artistic way with words, and passion for people seem to lay peace on some shockingly traumatic situations and tenacious times in the courtroom. In a time when it is easy to be rushed or disconnected, Laurie never loses site of the importance of bringing kindness and compassion wherever she is. Having Laurie as the GAL (child's attorney) on a case of abuse means knowing, without shadow of a doubt, that the child has patient, caring, and thoughtful representation for all of their varying needs that Laurie names priority. We thank Laurie for taking a stand with CASA advocates, a strong DHR, other knowledgeable attorneys, a passionate Judge, and other child advocates to say, "Child abuse ends with me!" ... See MoreSee Less

A Voice For The Voiceless

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Alabama CASA Network

Know the risks and prevent child abuse. Parental Stress, Substance Abuse, and Poverty are all risk factors of child abuse.

Ways to prevent child abuse:

-Get involved in developing the services needed to meet the needs of children and families

-Look into parenting resources at your local library and help develop resources if needed

-Promote child abuse prevention programs at school

-Monitor your child's television and video viewing as violent images can harm young children

-Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program

-Report suspected child abuse or child neglect

#ChildAbusePreventionMonth #preventchildabuse
... See MoreSee Less

Know the risks and prevent child abuse. Parental Stress, Substance Abuse, and Poverty are all risk factors of child abuse. 

Ways to prevent child abuse:

-Get involved in developing the services needed to meet the needs of children and families

-Look into parenting resources at your local library and help develop resources if needed

-Promote child abuse prevention programs at school

-Monitor your childs television and video viewing as violent images can harm young children

-Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program

-Report suspected child abuse or child neglect

#childabusepreventionmonth #preventchildabuse

Everyday life has been turned upside down. But for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect, this may be just another season of turmoil—because of isolation, lack of social connections and potentially, poor mental and emotional health. If you suspect abuse or neglect, call the ChildHelp National Child Abuse hotline: 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org/ #eyesonkids #COVID-19 ... See MoreSee Less

Everyday life has been turned upside down. But for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect, this may be just another season of turmoil—because of isolation, lack of social connections and potentially, poor mental and emotional health. If you suspect abuse or neglect, call the ChildHelp National Child Abuse hotline: 1-800-422-4453 https://www.childhelp.org/ #EyesOnKids #COVID-19

 

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It's who we serve and it's a serious concern. Phone calls and Tele health don't give you the whole picture. I have asked staff to be hypervigilant. Not answering calls, not wanting to make visual contact, get your butt to the house and see them thru a window or talk to them in their yard. Bring coffee, candy, make them a mask , whatever just please see them. That is possible while remaining 6 ft apart and wearing a mask. We are already seeing the start of an uptick in calls from the counties. And now no at school attendance the rest or the year. God bless the true social worker who gets this-because many don't and that does not bode well for our future.

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