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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
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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 70 volunteers. In 2023, we served 360 children that were victims of child abuse or neglect.

Leadership

Board of Directors 2023

Board Chairperson
Andrew Green

Vice-Chairperson
Chief Marcus Wood

Board Treasurer
Jeremy Slayton

Board Secretary

Outgoing Chair
Cheryl Bragg

CASA of The Cheaha Region Staff

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Executive Director
Laura Miller
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334-610-6559

Assistant Director
Cynthia Brown
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334-332-1854

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Advocate Coordinator
Shay Campbell
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256-283-6177

Advocate Coordinator
Katy Hurst
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205-520-4250

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Our next volunteer training is coming up! We are in need of volunteers to join us on our mission of providing a CASA volunteer to every dependent child that is victim of abuse and neglect. Learn more and register at www.cheahaCASA.org/volunteer ... See MoreSee Less

Our next volunteer training is coming up! We are in need of volunteers to join us on our mission of providing a CASA volunteer to every dependent child that is victim of abuse and neglect. Learn more and register at www.cheahaCASA.org/volunteer

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As a CASA, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “Can we keep up with our kids even after the case closes?”

Some families are open to continuing contact after case closure for the extended support our amazing advocates. Some families choose to start all over fresh, and they’re eager to have the system a thing of their past. Sometimes, we can’t blame them!

Often, we have teenagers that are difficult to match because they outnumber the advocates we have. These teenagers are by far the most likely to reach back out for help and/or stay in touch.

Tonight, an aged out child growing into adulthood texted her advocate to say, “I know you don’t have to talk to me, but I sure am glad you do.”

We sure are glad that they do, too.

Sometimes, being an advocate is the hardest thing, but it is always a best thing!

Our next training go become a new advocate starts in August. Turn in an interest inquiry by visiting CheahaCASA.org/volunteer
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As a CASA, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “Can we keep up with our kids even after the case closes?”

Some families are open to continuing contact after case closure for the extended support our amazing advocates. Some families choose to start all over fresh, and they’re eager to have the system a thing of their past. Sometimes, we can’t blame them! 

Often, we have teenagers that are difficult to match because they outnumber the advocates we have. These teenagers are by far the most likely to reach back out for help and/or stay in touch. 

Tonight, an aged out child growing into adulthood texted her advocate to say, “I know you don’t have to talk to me, but I sure am glad you do.” 

We sure are glad that they do, too. 

Sometimes, being an advocate is the hardest thing, but it is always a best thing!

Our next training go become a new advocate starts in August. Turn in an interest inquiry by visiting CheahaCASA.org/volunteer
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