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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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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.

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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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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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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.