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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 volunteers 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 the Cheaha Region.

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.

  • 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

Spread the word:

  • Share our website with family, friends and co-workers
  • Follow us on social media, and like and share our postings:

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

CASA of the Cheaha Region Sponsors

Our Supporters

We truly appreciate the corporations and foundations who support CASA of the Cheaha Region. Their continued generosity and commitment enable us to serve more children.

CASA Champion:

 

CASA Ambassadors:

Sunny King Automotive Group

CASA Sponsors:

ABS Business Systems, Inc.

Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Alabama Teachers Credit Union

Ike & Carrie Brown

Climate Flow, LLC

Dunn’s HVAC, Plumbing, & Electrical

Kiwanis Club of Anniston

Magical Wishes Travel, LLC

Washin’ Coin Laundry

 

CASA GEMs (Givers Every Month):

Darkhorse Saloon

Donny & Maegan Dunn

Andy & Brandie Green

Madison Hale

Megan Kutsch

Harold & Laura Tolbert

Dustin & Andrea Wilson

Allison Wise

We have made every effort to ensure our lists are complete and accurate.  If you have found an error or omission, please contact Laura Miller at 334-610-6559 or email Lmiller@alabamacasa.org.

Careers with CASA of the Cheaha Region

CASA of the Cheaha Region 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.

Current Opportunities:

There are not currently any open career positions with CASA of Cheaha Region. Please, check back.

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Children that are victims of abuse and neglect and children in foster care need our help. Understanding how you can help can often be overwhelming in a system with so many powerful ways to make a difference. Being a CASA volunteer is one way you can help Change a Child’s Story.

Not every child in our foster care system is given a CASA volunteer simply due to a lack of enough trained community volunteers to work one on one with them and the need for additional funding through private donations and business sponsorships.

The next training to become an advocate in Calhoun, St. Clair, and Talladega counties is coming up in February. Apply by visiting CheahaCASA.org/volunteer. Volunteering with our children inside the Court and foster care is not for everyone, but everyone can do something. Everyone can do something.

Call us today and we will help you find your something!
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Gardens and children may need a lot of the same things, but we’re happy to say you don’t have to have a green thumb to join us in our next training! In fact, we know a couple hundred abused and neglected children teetering through the court system that could benefit from a variety of occupational and educational backgrounds. So grab your gardening gloves, stethoscopes, turn out gear, lesson plans, chef’s coat, steel toed boots, or whatever your day job has you toting and head to CheahaCASA.org/volunteer to sign up! ... See MoreSee Less

Gardens and children may need a lot of the same things, but we’re happy to say you don’t have to have a green thumb to join us in our next training! In fact, we know a couple hundred abused and neglected children teetering through the court system that could benefit from a variety of occupational and educational backgrounds. So grab your gardening gloves, stethoscopes, turn out gear, lesson plans, chef’s coat, steel toed boots, or whatever your day job has you toting and head to CheahaCASA.org/volunteer to sign up!
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