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You can help abused, neglected and abandoned children across the state by getting involved with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) network.

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When a child enters the child welfare system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or a CASA volunteer, to speak up for the best interests of the child in family court and other settings.

As a CASA volunteer, you will make a real difference for abused and neglected children by giving them a voice and providing a stable influence in their lives. You will serve as the eyes and ears of the court to promote the safety and well-being of children in the protective services system. To ensure you understand your role, special training and supervision will be provided before you are assigned a case.

Data shows that children who are assigned a CASA volunteer advocate are more likely to:

Find a safe, permanent home
Spend less time in foster care
Have fewer moves between foster placements
Do better in school
Receive the services they need
Avoid re-entry into foster care

CASA programs are positively impacting the lives of abused and neglected children. Learn More

What Do CASA Volunteer Advocates Do?

Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Spending a significant amount of time with a child to build a relationship and gain his or her trust
  • Exploring all aspects of the child’s life and gather information from everyone involved, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other relevant persons
  • Ensuring the child has access to needed services, i.e. medical, education and housing
  • Accompanying the child to court to advocate for their needs and rights
  • Providing a comprehensive picture of the child’s life to the judge when the case goes to court
  • Promoting safety and bringing a sense of urgency to the child’s needs
  • Committing to advocate for the child’s best interest until he or she reaches a safe, permanent home

CASA volunteer advocates must:

  • Be willing to commit several hours of your time each month for at least one year
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Participate in an in-depth training program
  • Participate in an in-service training
  • Pass criminal and DHR history background checks
  • Be over age 21

Take the First Step

Are you ready to speak up for children in need?
TOGETHER WE WILL improve the lives of
abused and neglected children in Alabama.

Other Opportunities

If you’re looking for ways to support CASA and the vulnerable children we serve, but aren’t in a position to become a volunteer advocate—don’t worry. There are several other ways you can help:

Become a non-advocate volunteer:
Creative ways to help your local CASA programs are endless and very welcome. Please contact our office if you are interested in volunteering as a non-advocate.

  • Join Emma’s Circle
  • Help with administrative tasks in your local CASA office
  • Set up a luggage, gas card, or office supply drive
  • Assist with filing or data entry
  • Donate office space to a CASA program in your community
  • Volunteer to be on our events team
  • Make or purchase birthday and/or Valentine cards for CASA kids that your local program staff can deliver
  • Organize a “Blue Jeans” day at your office where employees pay $5 to wear jeans; proceeds go to CASA

Make a financial contribution:
Your tax-deductible donation enables us to advocate for more children in need. There are several ways and opportunities to give:

  • Make an individual donation
  • Supplement your contribution with a matching gift from your employer
  • Donate in memory or honor of a family member or friend
  • Give a donation to commemorate a special event
  • Sponsor an Event
  • Make a recurring donation of $10/month

Spread the word:

  • Share our website with family, friends and co-workers
  • Follow us on social media, and like and share our postings:
  • Host a CASA Roadshow for your company, community organization or school
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Emma’s Circle is a network of individuals and corporations committed to supporting the Alabama CASA organization and local children in need. Its members work together to provide financial and community support with the hope that one day every Alabama foster child will benefit from the love and special services of a CASA volunteer advocate.

Emma’s Circle Critical Needs Fund is available to Alabama CASA Network member programs to pay for needs that cannot be met by a parent or family member, DHR, foster parents or other sources.

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Careers with Alabama CASA

The Alabama CASA Network provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), color, race, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, family care status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis protected by federal and state laws.

Current Opportunities:

Executive Director, CASA of the Wiregrass Region 

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Alabama CASA Network

CASA Volunteers are still working to #ChangeAChildsStory. Here are some inspiring examples of advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic:

-One volunteer took a video of herself reading a story and sent it to the children she serves so they can listen to her read whenever they want.

-Volunteers who work with teens are listening to music with them over Spotify, helping teens practice for virtual job interviews, and doing craft projects with them online.

-Volunteers are using this opportunity to strengthen connections by sharing more about their lives with children: one recently gave her assigned children a virtual tour of her farm.

-CASA/GAL volunteers are catching up with children on the phone or using video chat.

-Some volunteers are introducing children to the joys of receiving and sending snail mail, by mailing letters with a self-addressed stamped envelope so children can write back.

-Volunteers are dropping off care packages with food, puzzles, games and coloring pages. Some include a self-addressed stamped envelope so kids can share their finished artwork.

-Where allowed by the court, volunteers are helping youth communicate with their families of origin.

-Volunteers are meeting with children in person by going for walks while maintaining a safe distance, or by standing outside and talking with children who are on a porch or at the window.

-In some locations, restaurants have volunteered to supply children with meals through CASA/GAL volunteers.
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CASA Volunteers are still working to #ChangeAChildsStory. Here are some inspiring examples of advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic:

-One volunteer took a video of herself reading a story and sent it to the children she serves so they can listen to her read whenever they want.

-Volunteers who work with teens are listening to music with them over Spotify, helping teens practice for virtual job interviews, and doing craft projects with them online.

-Volunteers are using this opportunity to strengthen connections by sharing more about their lives with children: one recently gave her assigned children a virtual tour of her farm.

-CASA/GAL volunteers are catching up with children on the phone or using video chat.

-Some volunteers are introducing children to the joys of receiving and sending snail mail, by mailing letters with a self-addressed stamped envelope so children can write back.

-Volunteers are dropping off care packages with food, puzzles, games and coloring pages. Some include a self-addressed stamped envelope so kids can share their finished artwork.

-Where allowed by the court, volunteers are helping youth communicate with their families of origin.

-Volunteers are meeting with children in person by going for walks while maintaining a safe distance, or by standing outside and talking with children who are on a porch or at the window.

-In some locations, restaurants have volunteered to supply children with meals through CASA/GAL volunteers.

For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives. CASA volunteers advocate for children until they are placed in a permanent and loving home. Learn how you can #ChangeAChildsStory at: alabamacasa.org/volunteer ... See MoreSee Less

For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives. CASA volunteers advocate for children until they are placed in a permanent and loving home. Learn how you can #ChangeAChildsStory at: alabamacasa.org/volunteer

Children in foster care are more likely to find a safe and permanent home with the help of a CASA Volunteer. You can #ChangeAChildsStory by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate! Visit alabama casa.org for more information. ... See MoreSee Less

Children in foster care are more likely to find a safe and permanent home with the help of a CASA Volunteer. You can #ChangeAChildsStory by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate! Visit alabama casa.org for more information.
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