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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.

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Volunteer training and
continuing education

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Public awareness
efforts

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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

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, CASA of the Cheaha Region has over 50 volunteers. In 2021, we served 275 children that were victims of child abuse or neglect.

Leadership

Board of Directors

Board Chairman
Dr. Natalie Lindell
Cheaha Adult and Pediatric Medicine, PC

Vice-Chairman
Cheryl Huddleston Bragg

Board Secretary
Amie Hinton
AOD Federal Credit Union

Board Treasurer
Andrew Green
Jacksonville State University

Staff

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Executive Director
Laura Miller

Laura is the Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Cheaha Region.

To contact her, please email lmiller@alabamacasa.org or phone (334) 610-6559.

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Senior Advocate Coordinator
Cynthia Brown
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334-332-1854

Advocate Coordinator
Katy Hurst
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205-520-4250

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Advocate Coordinator
Shay Campbell
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256-283-6177

Development Coordinator
Andrea Wilson
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256-399-0596

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CASA Advocate Leigh Twigg shares with us her “why” for becoming a CASA.

“My WHY for being a CASA…. Hearing the words, ‘Thank you for caring about me. I love you.’ Seeing big smiles and sparkling eyes when it’s a visit day. Feeling like I make a difference, even if it’s one child at a time.”

Thank you Leigh for going above and beyond for your CASA kids. You ARE the difference and we are so happy to have you on our team!
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CASA Advocate Leigh Twigg shares with us her “why” for becoming a CASA. 

“My WHY for being a CASA…. Hearing the words, ‘Thank you for caring about me. I love you.’ Seeing big smiles and sparkling eyes when it’s a visit day. Feeling like I make a difference, even if it’s one child at a time.” 

Thank you Leigh for going above and beyond for your CASA kids. You ARE the difference and we are so happy to have you on our team!

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Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for all of you!

We asked CASA Volunteer Blake why he chose to become a CASA. His response was “Several years ago I had the opportunity to go to Vietnam with a non-profit and work with orphan children on several different projects. As much as I would love to make that a permanent move, that just isn’t feasible. Last year I was introduced to CASA and realized the need for representation of children right here in our back yard. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that takes such pride in the responsibility needed for assisting those children.”

We are so thankful for Blake and all the hard work he puts in while also working a full time job. It takes dedication and passion to do both!
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We asked CASA Volunteer Blake why he chose to become a CASA. His response was “Several years ago I had the opportunity to go to Vietnam with a non-profit and work with orphan children on several different projects. As much as I would love to make that a permanent move, that just isn’t feasible. Last year I was introduced to CASA and realized the need for representation of children right here in our back yard. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that takes such pride in the responsibility needed for assisting those children.”

We are so thankful for Blake and all the hard work he puts in while also working a full time job. It takes dedication and passion to do both!
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