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The mission of CASA of the Cheaha Region is to be the voice for children who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect. Our Vision is to serve every child in the Cheaha Region by providing them with a caring and competent trained volunteer.

CASA of the Cheaha Region

Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Cheaha Region will provide abused, neglected or abandoned children with a highly trained volunteer to advocate for the child’s best interest before family courts in the counties of St. Clair, Talladega, and Calhoun in the State of Alabama. Our volunteers will be recruited, screened and trained by paid staff. Our staff and volunteers will then work in conjunction with the judges, lawyers, and social workers to help ensure children receive appropriate care and support while navigating the court, child welfare, and foster care systems.


Volunteer training and
continuing education


Public awareness


Legislative and
governmental advocacy

CASA of the Cheaha Region serves 3 of 21 counties in the state of Alabama that assist abused and neglected children in their communities.

You can help Change A Child’s Story by volunteering with CASA of the Cheaha Region


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.
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.
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, CASA of the Cheaha Region has 37 volunteers. In 2019, we served 197 children, with 58 finding permanency.


Board of Directors

Board Chairman
Dr. Natalie Lindell
Oxford Family Practice

Judge Laura Phillips
Calhoun County Assistant District Attorney

Board Secretary/Treasurer
Amie Hinton



Executive Director
Laura Miller

Laura is the Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Cheaha Region in Alabama. The Cheaha Region consists of three counties and is nestled around the highest point in Alabama- the beautiful Cheaha Mountain. Laura has called the region she serves home for the duration of a life that has been laced with a passion for volunteer led organizations. She owes the discovery of her passion to a family who introduced her to frequent volunteering at five years old. After obtaining her degree in Chemistry, her desire to fulfill her purpose led her back to the familiar world of non-profits as she became an Advocate Coordinator with Alabama CASA Network in the Northeast Region in January 2018. Since joining in the CASA mission, Ms. Miller has seen tremendous program growth, an increased volunteer base, increasingly positive program reputation, and an expansion of the understanding of the CASA brand throughout the program’s three county region. She is the mother to two children that further motivate her to create a better community for them by cultivating hearts for service. As Executive Director, Laura has made it not only her career, but her heart’s mission, for every abused and neglected child to receive a competent and caring adult community member to advocate for them and ensure each child moves toward a permanent, safe, stable, and loving home as quickly as possible.

To contact her, please email or phone (334) 610-6559.


Advocate Coordinator
Cynthia Brown
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Advocate Coordinator
Bobby Armstrong
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