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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.

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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Although suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.

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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!👏👏👏

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Congrats Pam !! So proud of you !!!

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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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