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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

State Executive Director: Maggie Blaedow

Board of Directors

President
Lauren Keet
Warren Averett

Vice-President
Lisa Stone
Community Volunteer

Vice-President
Sarah Merkle
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Treasurer
Jennifer Hardin
Warren  Averett

Secretary
Bryan Olson
Previous President

Director
Helen Holt
University of Phoenix

Director
Amy W. Savoie
Protective Life Corporation

Director
Gayle Watts
Children’s Aid Society of Alabama

Director
Ellen Presley Proctor
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

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
Maggie Blaedow
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334-203-1415

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State Operations Manager
Kai Stevens
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334-203-1415

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State Program Manager
Darla Evans
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334-203-1415

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Happy International Volunteer Day!

We just want to say Thank You to our volunteers who make a Huge impact in this part of the world Every Single Day!

WE APPRECIATE YOU!

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Happy International Volunteer Day!

We just want to say Thank You to our volunteers who make a Huge impact in this part of the world Every Single Day!

WE APPRECIATE YOU!

#togetherwewill #alabamacasa #courtappointedspecialadvocates

Calling all CASA volunteers!

We need your help in planning our 2020 State Conference. If you are interested in joining the planning committee, please reach out to us on our website.

If you have topics you’d like to learn more about, comment below!

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Calling all CASA volunteers! 

We need your help in planning our 2020 State Conference. If you are interested in joining the planning committee, please reach out to us on our website. 

If you have topics you’d like to learn more about, comment below!

#alabamacasa #togetherwewill
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TEN 4 TWELVE CAMPAIGN

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The Ten4Twelve Campaign is Alabama CASA’s “call to action” to engage communities and citizens across the state to be a difference maker. Our plan is to activate ambassadors to make a $10 a month commitment for a year. Proceeds will yield funds for local programs to enable volunteer recruitment, training and child advocacy awareness education that ultimately assists in serving abused, abandoned and neglected children.