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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

What Do CASA Volunteers 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.

  • Help with administrative tasks in the CASA of Autauga County office
  • Set up a luggage, gas card, or office supply drive
  • Assist with filing or data entry
  • 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 Speaker for your company, community organization or school

Careers with CASA of Autauga County

CASA of Autauga County 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:
Currently, there are no vacancies at CASA of Autauga County.

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2 weeks ago
Autauga County CASA

Good morning! One of our foster families who lost everything in the tornado has the following need:
3 sets of twin bunk beds- they have mattresses
1 king bed frame with platform that does not require box springs

Please reach out to me asap if you know where these items can be purchased or if you have them to donate!

Thank you!
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Good morning! One of our foster families who lost everything in the tornado has the following need:
3 sets of twin bunk beds- they have mattresses 
1 king bed frame with platform that does not require box springs

Please reach out to me asap if you know where these items can be purchased or if you have them to donate!

Thank you!
2 weeks ago
Autauga County CASA

❤️These are the children and families who need CASA volunteers. They need people to listen and fight for the services that can make a difference. Call now to get more information! (334) 610-5962I've got some Trauma Mama friends who are really living on the edge of sanity right now. I need you to pray please.

Friends...I've done biological parenting, step parenting, adoptive parenting, foster parenting, special needs parenting, medical needs parenting and grandparenting now, and I am going to say this....

There is NO kind of tired like "I took this child into my home and I think I made a mistake because I am not enough" kind of tired. It's the "Nothing is working and we've been trying for years" kind of tired. "We've seen a therapist every day this week and no one has any answers" kind of tired. Trauma can suck all the joy out of parenting. It really can. It's exhausting and overwhelming and relentless.

I hear parents of biological children trying to relate when a Trauma Mama spills her tears and frustration about what's going on in her household. They tell stories about their own child's meltdown and difficult behaviors. I'm guilty of doing it myself....but I was WRONG.

You can't relate. It's not the same. It is NOT the same. You cannot imagine. Trauma and attachment issues are next level. Don't even. Don't think you can because you really can't.

So ...if you have an adoptive or foster family in your life who is struggling and sending up the white flag, please offer real help. Not advice.

These families are walking through fire on faith. There is often zero evidence that anything will ever get better. Better doesn't always happen. Faith is it. Hope is it.

Acknowledge that you don't understand. Show up with a meal (and ignore the screaming and mess when you arrive). Offer to bring the kids home from practice as often as possible. Babysit. Understand that how a child acts around you is NOT how they act when it's just mom and dad. That's how trauma works. And don't call parents who are struggling like this "saints" because that makes it worse somehow. They feel like failures. They didnt get into this for sainthood. They got into this to be a mom and a dad to a child who needed parents. They just need people to come along side them on the journey and say...we are here for you. Not to advise and not to judge. Just to help you make it through. Have a cookie and a good cry. Call me if you need me to take them away for an hour or two.

And pray and pray and pray.

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❤️These are the children and families who need CASA volunteers. They need people to listen and fight for the services that can make a difference. Call now to get more information! (334) 610-5962
1 month ago
Autauga County CASA

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