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

CASA of North Sand Mountain

Court Appointed Special Advocates of North Sand Mountain 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 Jackson and Dekalb 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 North Sand Mountain serves 2 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 North Sand Mountain

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.
2019
2019
CASA of North Sand Mountain was originally a part of CASA of Northeast Region CASA. As we grew quickly and began to expand to serve children in more counties, there became a need for a second program. In 2019, CASA of North Sand Mountain was established.
Today
Today
Today, CASA of North Sand Mountain supports 17 volunteers and serves 86 children in Jackson and Dekalb County.

Leadership

Board of Directors

Interim President
Selena Stewart
CASA Volunteer & Homemaker

Treasurer
Nickie Case
Patient Financial Services Director,
Highlands Medical Center

Secretary
Jessica Townsel
Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Fundraising Committee
Sarah Chamlee
LPN Alabama Nurse Manager,
Achieve Home Nursing Services

Fundraising Committee
Lucy Olivares
President of Alaina Olivares Memorial Fund
Vice President of JL Drywall LLC

Fundraising Committee
Beverly Annette Little
Advertising Account Executive & Marketing Strategist with the Southern Torch Media
Business Owner at Double L Farms and Poultry

Staff

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Executive Director
Kelly Klein

Kelly Klein is the Executive Director of CASA of North Sand Mountain, a member of the Alabama CASA Network and the National CASA Association. Kelly has a degree in psychology, human services as well as family and children services. Kelly first began her journey with the Alabama CASA program as a CASA volunteer in the county she resides. She is mother to seven children, four of which were adopted through foster care and a proud grandmother to one. Through her experiences as a foster parent, she was driven to advocate for children in foster care to give other children a voice, ensure they achieve permanency and to provide a positive, stable influence.

To contact her, please email kelly@alabamacasa.org or call 205-478-8389

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Advocate Coordinator
Cia Dempsey

Cia Dempsey is our Advocate Coordinator for our North Sand Mountain program. She has been with our program since the beginning of 2018. She is passionate about finding a safe and permanent home for abused and neglected children. She has a degree in Criminal Justice, and a background in Early Childhood Development. She serves on the board for The Jackson County Children’s Advocacy Center and is a member of Kiwanis. She is married and blessed with six children and two grandchildren.

To contact her, please email cdempsey@alabamacasa.org or call 205-478-8389

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If you have been waiting to make a difference…. NOW is the time!!! There is a child waiting for you!!!
Become a CASA volunteer advocate!!!
Call Us or Text “Change a Child’s Story” to 205)478-8389
#volunteeryourheart
#CASAofNorthSandMountain
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If you have been waiting to make a difference…. NOW is the time!!!  There is a child waiting for you!!! 
Become a CASA volunteer advocate!!!
Call Us or Text “Change a Child’s Story” to 205)478-8389 
#volunteeryourheart 
#CASAofNorthSandMountain

We are CASA!!! Did you know CASA’s make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Did you know our volunteers are just like YOU? Each volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a child's best interest in court.
If you live in Jackson or Dekalb County You can join our next volunteer advocate training in October by reserving your seat now!!!
Text CHANGE A CHILDS STORY to (205)478-8389 space is limited so don’t wait!!
#CASAofNorthSandMountain
#BetheCHANGE #Volunteer #ChangeAChildsStory
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We are CASA!!!  Did you know CASA’s make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Did you know our volunteers are just like YOU? Each volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a childs best interest in court.
If you live in Jackson or Dekalb County You can join our next volunteer advocate training in October by reserving your seat now!!! 
Text    CHANGE A CHILDS STORY to (205)478-8389 space is limited so don’t wait!!
#CASAofNorthSandMountain 
#BetheCHANGE #Volunteer #ChangeAChildsStory
1 week ago
CASA of North Sand Mountain

The first Annual Wiffle ball Tournament exceeded our expectations!!! Huge thank you to Sarah Phillips Chamlee for her energy to pull off such a fun and eventful day!!
Another shout out to all of our sponsors, donations to the concession and for all of the raffle prize!!!
And to the Fyffe Lady Devils, coaches, parents and players… we could not have pulled this off without each one of you!!!
I’d also like to say how blown away I am by the seance of community that comes from Fyffe Alabama!!! At every turn someone asked what they could help with, do for us and most importantly respect to eachother is by far the most amazing act I have ever participated in!!!
We are thrilled to say we look forward to next year!!!
Again THANK YOU ALL for loving all of our children and your support of your CASA program and the Lady Devils!!
#Togetherwewill
#ChangeaChildsStory
#CASAofNorthSandMountain
To learn more about becoming an advocate for abused and neglected children or to donate please go to our website at www.casaofnorthsandmountain.org
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