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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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It's the Season of Giving!

Give hope to a child by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

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Its the Season of Giving!

Give hope to a child by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate. 

Visit alabamacasa.org/volunteer for more information!

#ChangeAChildsStory #Volunteer #TogetherWeWill

Johnny* entered foster care when he was three years old, after both of his parents were incarcerated. He was adopted by his grandma but re-entered the system when she passed away. After several placements over only six months, Johnny was sent to a residential treatment center.

Because of his older age and situation, the State determined it was unlikely that he would be adopted and expected him to eventually age out of the system—he was only 12 years old at the time.

But Johnny had a CASA volunteer on his side, and that volunteer—Darren—refused to accept the status quo. At a training held by his local CASA program, CASA of Tarrant County, Texas, Darren learned about tools and approaches for finding family members. He also learned strategies for engaging family members in children’s lives and reducing the stigma associated with child welfare involvement.

Darren took what he’d learned and applied it to Johnny’s case. In going through Johnny’s records from the treatment center, he saw that someone had been visiting Johnny there. He followed up and found out that person was Johnny’s sister.

The sister had been ruled out as a placement when Johnny was younger because she’d been too young at the time, and had more difficult circumstances. The caseworkers hadn’t had the time to follow up with her later, but Darren did. He found out she had a home and wanted Johnny with her. Darren helped her navigate the system and get her home study processed quickly.

Less than three months later, Johnny was out of the treatment center and living at home with his big sister.
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#ChangeAChildsStory #Volunteer #TogetherWeWill

Johnny* entered foster care when he was three years old, after both of his parents were incarcerated. He was adopted by his grandma but re-entered the system when she passed away. After several placements over only six months, Johnny was sent to a residential treatment center.

Because of his older age and situation, the State determined it was unlikely that he would be adopted and expected him to eventually age out of the system—he was only 12 years old at the time.

But Johnny had a CASA volunteer on his side, and that volunteer—Darren—refused to accept the status quo. At a training held by his local CASA program, CASA of Tarrant County, Texas, Darren learned about tools and approaches for finding family members. He also learned strategies for engaging family members in children’s lives and reducing the stigma associated with child welfare involvement.

Darren took what he’d learned and applied it to Johnny’s case. In going through Johnny’s records from the treatment center, he saw that someone had been visiting Johnny there. He followed up and found out that person was Johnny’s sister.

The sister had been ruled out as a placement when Johnny was younger because she’d been too young at the time, and had more difficult circumstances. The caseworkers hadn’t had the time to follow up with her later, but Darren did. He found out she had a home and wanted Johnny with her. Darren helped her navigate the system and get her home study processed quickly.

Less than three months later, Johnny was out of the treatment center and living at home with his big sister.

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Alabama CASA Network

#togetherwewill #volunteerHave you ever wondered what it takes to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate? Look no further!

Start your journey as an advocate at: alabamacasa.org/volunteer.

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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.