About SHOALS CASA
SHOALS CASA supports and promotes Court Appointed Special Advocates who are appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court. Our mission is to recruit, train and support Volunteer Advocates to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings, helping the child welfare system and the courts find safety and permanency for our children.
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SHOALS CASA has been serving our community since 2002.
We serve both the Colbert and Lauderdale Court Systems and our office is conveniently located in the center of the Shoals community just south of O’Neal Bridge in Sheffield, Alabama.
How Do CASA Volunteers Help Children?
CASA Volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure that children who have been abused or neglected are at the top of everyone’s priority list. Volunteers Advocates are assigned to a case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA Volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Because Social Workers, service providers and others involved in a child’s life may often change.
Independent research demonstrates that children with a CASA Volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.
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Who Are CASA Volunteers?
CASA Volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training with their local CASA/GAL program.
CASA Volunteers come from all walks of life: retired, full-time employed, single parent, married, social service backgrounds, business/corporate background, educational background, etc. CASA Volunteers are men and women that know how important a child’s well being is to the future and they want to make a difference in a child’s life.
Who Are the Children CASA Volunteers Help?
Judges appoint CASA Volunteers to represent the best interests of children. Hundreds of thousands of children are subject to abuse and neglect or allegations of same each year. CASA Volunteers work with children from the age of birth to 21 who need a committed and caring adult to speak up on their behalf. Because there are not enough CASA Volunteers to represent all of the children in care, judges typically assign CASA Volunteers to their most difficult and severe cases of child abuse and neglect.
Read the stories of young people whose lives were changed by the support of a CASA Volunteer.
CASA Volunteers are making a difference for children: from ensuring children are offered the services necessary to help them heal and succeed to informing the Court of important information regarding family members that only the CASA is able to provide.
There are many children in our community in need of a CASA Volunteer, but yet they don’t have one. Contact us today to learn how you can make a real difference for an abused or neglected child.
Shoals CASA is a proud member/partner of:
Alabama CASA Network
Colbert County Children’s Policy Council
Lauderdale County Children’s Policy Council
Shoals Chamber of Commerce