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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 counties of
Jackson and Dekalb in the state of 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 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 North Sand Mountain Sponsors

If you would like to sponsor CASA of North Sand Mountain, please contact us at kelly@alabamacasa.org

 

Careers with CASA of North Sand Mountain

CASA of North Sand Mountain 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:

CASA of North Sand Mountain currently has no vacancies.

 

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Characteristics of domestic violence (also referred to as intimate partner violence (IPV)), include behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish, or force them to behave in ways they do not want, including physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, family and domestic violence is a common problem in the United States, affecting more than 10 million people each year. And the impact on children is astounding. Children who witness and experience domestic violence are at an increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, aggressive behavior, anxiety, impaired development, difficulty interacting with peers, academic problems, and may have a higher incidence of substance abuse.

The issue of domestic violence is not an easy subject to talk about, nor is it always easy to recognize. It may be difficult for adults to witness and/or discuss, let alone children and youth who may have to be separated from the only family they’ve known because of being victims of domestic violence themselves. Some people may think “it’s none of my business” or “I don’t want to get involved” but when children and youth are exposed to it, domestic violence becomes everyone’s business.

Everyday I am thankful for National CASA/GAL’s network of 93,000 volunteer advocates who lend their voice to help more than 242,000 children and youth achieve a safe and permanent home. Equipped with 30 hours of preservice training, CASA/GAL volunteers assist judges in determining what’s in the best interest of children and youth in the child welfare system by providing best interest advocacy. They support children, youth and families by making recommendations for services and community resources and providing strategies to maintain or reunify the family with safety as the priority.
If you want to be part of a movement that supports children in situations like this and be a voice for children contact Kelly at kelly@alabamacasa.org to register for our next training!
#beavoice
#speakup
#advocate
Www.casaofnorthsandmountain.org
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Characteristics of domestic violence (also referred to as intimate partner violence (IPV)), include behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish, or force them to behave in ways they do not want, including physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. 

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, family and domestic violence is a common problem in the United States, affecting more than 10 million people each year. And the impact on children is astounding. Children who witness and experience domestic violence are at an increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, aggressive behavior, anxiety, impaired development, difficulty interacting with peers, academic problems, and may have a higher incidence of substance abuse.

The issue of domestic violence is not an easy subject to talk about, nor is it always easy to recognize. It may be difficult for adults to witness and/or discuss, let alone children and youth who may have to be separated from the only family they’ve known because of being victims of domestic violence themselves. Some people may think “it’s none of my business” or “I don’t want to get involved” but when children and youth are exposed to it, domestic violence becomes everyone’s business.

Everyday I am thankful for National CASA/GAL’s network of 93,000 volunteer advocates who lend their voice to help more than 242,000 children and youth achieve a safe and permanent home. Equipped with 30 hours of preservice training, CASA/GAL volunteers assist judges in determining what’s in the best interest of children and youth in the child welfare system by providing best interest advocacy. They support children, youth and families by making recommendations for services and community resources and providing strategies to maintain or reunify the family with safety as the priority. 
If you want to be part of a movement that supports children in situations like this and be a voice for children contact Kelly at kelly@alabamacasa.org to register for our next training! 
#beavoice
#speakup
#advocate
Www.casaofnorthsandmountain.org
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