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

CASA of Jefferson County

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson County will provide abused, neglected or abandoned children with a highly trained volunteer to advocate for the child’s best interest before family courts in Jefferson County. 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 Jefferson County is 1/20 counties in the state of Alabama that serve abused and neglected children in their communities.

You can help Change A Child’s Story with CASA of Jefferson County.

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.
Today
Today
Today, CASA of Jefferson County has 82 volunteers. In 2019, we served 396 children.

Leadership

Board of Directors

President
Caroline Drummond
Community Volunteer

Vice President
Katy Ottensmeyer
Maynard Cooper & Gayle P.C.

Treasurer
Alex LaGanke
Alabama Appleseed

Secretary
Suzanne Ashe
Community Volunteer

Finance Committee
Drew Barnett
Belt & Bruner PC

Finance Committee
Sherri Thrasher
Protective Life Insurance

Bessemer Division Staff

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Co-Executive Director
Lindsey Evans

Lindsey has been with CASA of Jefferson County since 2008. She volunteered for nine years and became staff as an Advocate Coordinator in the Birmingham Division in January of 2017. She was later promoted to the position of Program Manager in the Bessemer Division in October of 2017. Lindsey is now the Co-Executive Director in the Bessemer Division of CASA of Jefferson County. She is a mother of one, a nine-year-old boy. She and her son live in the Bessemer Cut-Off in Jefferson County. Lindsey is committed to helping the children of CASA of Jefferson County and works diligently to help each child assigned to CASA make their way through the system as quickly as possible and into a safe, loving and permanent home.

To contact her, please email lindsey@alabamacasa.org or phone (205) 441-8136.

Birmingham Division Staff

Katie Hobbs

Co-Executive Director
Katie Hobbs

Katie is the Co-Executive Director for the Birmingham Division of CASA of Jefferson County. She oversees, plans, and strategizes recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers from within Jefferson County. Daily she can be found in the Jefferson County Family Courthouse making certain that her staff are supported, engaged, and mentoring volunteers, as well as, maintaining and cultivating working relationships with court officials, judges, social workers, Guardians ad Litem, and attorneys to ensure the voices of Birmingham’s voiceless children are heard by all involved.

Since starting with CASA of Jefferson County in October of 2017 as an Advocate Coordinator, Katie has remained focused on the success of the Birmingham Division. Due to her hard work and dedication to the program, she was given her first promotion within 6 months of beginning her career with CASA of Jefferson County. She has since continued to keep the program’s best interest at heart, which lead her to begin managing the program in January of 2019.

Katie’s desire is for every abused and neglected child to receive a competent and caring adult community member to advocate for them and ensure each child moves toward a permanent, safe, stable, and loving home as quickly as possible. Her passion comes from the idea that going to court should not be the norm in a child’s life. She believes that children should only have to focus on growing strong, smart, and learning to love and give back to the community they’re being raised in.

In May of 2017, Katie graduated from Shorter University with a Bachelors in Psychology and passion for creating a better, safer, and more compassionate world. While in school, she became a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity. It was on that small campus, that she cultivated her ability spread awareness by becoming the Director of Philanthropy. She started an annual 5-K fundraiser that has continued to grow and helps to raise a large portion of the chapter’s funds. She has also interned for the Harbor House Child Advocacy Center that works in close relation with the local CASA program, which allowed her to see a very tangible way everyday citizens could make a difference in their community and sparked a passion for a career with CASA.

She married her husband, Justin, in September of 2017. Shortly after, they adopted their 100 pound fur baby, Murphy, from the Humane Society, and in May 2020 they will be welcoming a baby girl, Hattie, to the family. Together they live in the city of Birmingham, where Justin is a police officer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham department and a member of the Alabama National Guard. They both have a passion for cultivating and growing the city of Birmingham, once known as “Bombing-ham”, into a place where no matter what color, age, gender, or socio-economic status everyone has the ability to come to better themselves, be free of any oppression or prejudice faced, and find a place to call home. Katie and her husband enjoy road trips, being outdoors, and exploring the many eats Birmingham has to offer.

To contact her, please email katie@alabamacasa.org or phone (205) 478-7313.

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