About SHOALS CASA
SHOALS CASA supports and promotes Court Appointed Special Advocates who are appointed by a judge to act in the best interest of an at risk child that is going through the child welfare system. 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.
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SHOALS CASA has been serving our community since 2002.
We serve both the Colbert and Lauderdale Court Systems and have office locations in Florence and Sheffield.
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 they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each 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.
Independent research has demonstrated 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?
Last year, more than 77,000 CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers helped 234,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. 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 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 who have been removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse or neglect. Each year, more than 600,000 children experience foster care in this country. Because there are not enough CASA VOLUNTEERS to represent all of the children in care, judges typically assign CASA VOLUNTEERS to their most difficult cases.
Read the stories of young people whose lives were changed by the support of a CASA VOLUNTEER.
On average, there are more than 150 children in foster care in our community Lauderdale County each month because they cannot live safely at home. CASA believes that every one of these children deserve a strong voice to advocate for their best interest. CASA VOLUNTEERS in the Shoals are making a difference for children: from ensuring children are offered the services necessary to help them 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. Contact us today to learn how you can make a difference for an abused or neglected child.
Shoals CASA is a proud member/partner of:
Alabama CASA Network
Lauderdale County Children’s Policy Council
Shoals Chamber of Commerce
Shoals Family Success Center