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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
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, 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
Lauren Keet
Warren Averett

Vice-President
Ellen Presley Proctor
Encompass Health Corporation

Vice-President
Amy Savoie
Protective Life Corporation

Treasurer
Jennifer Hardin
Warren Averett

Secretary
Phillip Rodgers
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

Director
Rima Hartman
Bressler Amery & Ross

Director
Gayle Watts
Children’s Aid Society of Alabama

Director
Roger Williams
Patterson & Prince, CPA’s

Director
Chad Smith
ISI Therapeutic Family Services, LLC

Director
Luke Coley
Coley Law Firm

Director
Todd Crutchfield
The Crutchfield Firm

Director
Katie Hobbs
CASA of Jefferson County (Birmingham Division)
Local CASA Program Representative 

Staff

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State Executive Director
Jimmy Hill
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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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State Program Manager
Pam Seidler
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334-203-1415

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State Operations Manager
Kai Stevens Burt
email »
334-203-1415

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State Operations Specialist
Erin Clevenger
email »
334-203-1415

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Our October Volunteer Spotlight goes to Patti Joyner! Heres what Patti has to say about being a CASA:

"I am Patti Joyner. A Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Auburn Alum, Maker, Painter, Cook. We moved to Auburn in March 2018 where we intend to retire. I heard about CASA while volunteering, then eventually, serving on the board of Child Protect, a child advocacy center in Montgomery, AL. The was no CASA program in Montgomery County at the time, but I knew there was one in Lee County.

When we decided to make the move I signed up for the training. I was sworn in in October 2018. Once you become involved in child welfare there is just no turning back. These children pay a heavy price for the knuckle-headed decisions of others. They deserve better. They deserve a team of people who will advocate for them.

During training I read that as a CASA we are probably the only person in their lives that isn’t being paid to look after their best interests. They are always astonished that I would keep showing up for them even though I am not being compensated. It gives you some real credibility with a child whose heart has hardened because of the insecurity and chaos of the life they know. It can be frustrating but it is always gratifying work."

Thank you, Patti, for your commitment to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve!
#LeeCountyCASA #ChangeaChildsStory #OctoberSpotlight #VolunteerSpotlight
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Our October Volunteer Spotlight goes to Patti Joyner! Heres what Patti has to say about being a CASA:

I am Patti Joyner. A Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Auburn Alum, Maker, Painter, Cook. We moved to Auburn in March 2018 where we intend to retire. I heard about CASA while volunteering, then eventually, serving on the board of Child Protect, a child advocacy center in Montgomery, AL. The was no CASA program in Montgomery County at the time, but I knew there was one in Lee County. 

When we decided to make the move I signed up for the training. I was sworn in in October 2018. Once you become involved in child welfare there is just no turning back. These children pay a heavy price for the knuckle-headed decisions of others. They deserve better. They deserve a team of people who will advocate for them.

During training I read that as a CASA we are probably the only person in their lives that isn’t being paid to look after their best interests. They are always astonished that I would keep showing up for them even though I am not being compensated. It gives you some real credibility with a child whose heart has hardened because of the insecurity and chaos of the life they know. It can be frustrating but it is always gratifying work.

Thank you, Patti, for your commitment to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve!
#LeeCountyCASA #ChangeaChildsStory #OctoberSpotlight #VolunteerSpotlight

Are you ready to be the missing piece of the puzzle in the life of a child? 🧩

Visit alabamacasa.org/volunteer to find out how to get involved today.
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The Alabama CASA Network is excited to announce and welcome Pam Seidler as our incoming State Program Manager. Upon the retirement of current Program Manager Darla Evans at the end of 2021, Pam will assume the position and continue the legacy of excellent support to Alabama CASA programs across the state. Pam brings a wealth of experience to the position and we are excited to have her as a member of our team! Welcome Pam! #ChangeAChildsStory ... See MoreSee Less

The Alabama CASA Network is excited to announce and welcome Pam Seidler as our incoming State Program Manager.  Upon the retirement of current Program Manager Darla Evans at the end of 2021, Pam will assume the position and continue the legacy of excellent support to Alabama CASA programs across the state.  Pam brings a wealth of experience to the position and we are excited to have her as a member of our team!  Welcome Pam! #ChangeAChildsStory

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Congrats! This is awesome. Pam you are the best. You have taught me so much and have been the absolute best mentor any CASA could ask for!!!! Alabama CASA network is blessed beyond measure to have you!!!! And by the way, you look beautiful!! ❤️

Congratulations Pam so excited to have you on our team 💙

What a gift for Alabama CASA! Congratulations!

Congratulations, Pam, I am excited for you.

So exciting!! Congratulations Pam ❤️

What a WIN, WIN, WIN!!! Congrats, Pam!👏👏👏

Congratulations, proud of you

Congratulations Pam!

Congratulations Pam!!!

Congrats Pam !! So proud of you !!!

Congratulations!!

Congratulations

Congratulations!!

Congratulations.

Welcome!!

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🌻🍂🍁 HELLO OCTOBER 🍁🍂🌻

For Alabama CASA, today marks the beginning of our new fiscal year. So, from all of our staff to you, Happy New CASA Year!!
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🌻🍂🍁 HELLO OCTOBER 🍁🍂🌻

For Alabama CASA, today marks the beginning of our new fiscal year. So, from all of our staff to you, Happy New CASA Year!!

“In the last four years we’ve had different judges, numerous parent aids, any number of social workers. Every time there’s a change, it’s like we start over again. The new person says, ‘Let’s try this with the mom.’ But I’ve been on this case from the beginning. I can say ‘We tried that two years ago, and it didn’t work.’ It’s been three years now, and these kids can’t wait any more.” - CASA VOLUNTEER

#changeachildsstory #alabamacasa #casa #iamforthechild #opioidabuse #opioidawareness #opioidcrisis
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“In the last four years we’ve had different judges, numerous parent aids, any number of social workers. Every time there’s a change, it’s like we start over again. The new person says, ‘Let’s try this with the mom.’ But I’ve been on this case from the beginning. I can say ‘We tried that two years ago, and it didn’t work.’ It’s been three years now, and these kids can’t wait any more.” - CASA VOLUNTEER

#changeachildsstory #alabamacasa #casa #iamforthechild #opioidabuse #opioidawareness #opioidcrisis

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This is so very true 😩

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