The mission of Lee County CASA is to provide carefully screened, trained, and supervised volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in dependency proceedings resulting in a safe and permanent home where the child can not only survive, but THRIVE.
CASA is here because of a national crisis in which the basic rights and needs of our most vulnerable citizens – our children – are being violated because the very system that is supposed to be looking out for them simply does not have the resources to do so.
Become A CASA
Contact Pam Seidler at email@example.com for more information about becoming a CASA.
What We Do
Lee County CASA volunteers are appointed by Judges to advocate for abused and neglected children from birth to age 19 in Lee County by providing them a voice in court proceedings. The goal is to ensure that they don’t get lost in the overburdened social service system or languish in inappropriate and temporary foster and group homes. CASA volunteers are specially trained and remain on each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many of our children, their CASA is the only constant adult in their lives.
What is a CASA?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is defined as a community volunteer who:
- has been screened and trained regarding child abuse and neglect, child development, and juvenile proceedings
- has met all the requirements of an affiliate CASA program
- is being actively supervised by an affiliate CASA
- has been sworn in by a judge of the juvenile court /circuit in which they serve
Lee County CASA
Lee County CASA was developed as an unduplicated service in 2010 due to the strong desire of both judicial candidates for Lee County Family Court to establish a CASA program in their community. Lee County CASA opened our doors in January 2011 and began taking cases in September of 2011.
Please visit http://www.casaforchildren.org to learn more about the history of the National CASA organization.
We are a member in good standing with the National CASA Association and the Alabama CASA Association. As part of Twin Cedars, Lee County CASA is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
The Office of the Inspector General’s audit of the effectiveness of the CASA model determined that children and their families receive more court ordered services and that a child is less likely to re-enter the foster care system when appointed a CASA.
Children with a CASA score better on nine protective factors including:
- neighborhood resources
- interested adults
- sense of acceptance
- controls against deviant behavior
- models of conventional behavior
- positive attitude towards the future
- valuing achievement
- ability to work with others
- ability to work out conflicts
In 2013, Lee County CASA underwent an extensive program review that was a collaborative effort on the parts of Georgia CASA, Alabama CASA, National CASA, and local community partners. The assessment reaffirmed that we are following the National CASA model and working in the best interest of our children. The review also sighted our dedication and commitment to our children and strong relationships with community partners.
Referrals & Donations
Referrals are accepted through the following parties:
- Juvenile Court Judge
- Any attorney assigned to the case may make a request to the Judge
- DHR personnel may make a request to the Judge
- Any person who is concerned about a child in a dependency proceeding can make a request to the CASA Program Coordinator
Donation Wish List
If you are interested in supporting CASA by donating needed items and supplies, please view our donations wish list.
Contact Info & More
Lee County CASA
1234 Commerce Drive, Suite B
Auburn, AL 36830
Pam Seidler, Program Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org