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The mission of CASA of Jefferson County is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect in Jefferson County have a safe, permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.

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.


Volunteer training and
continuing education


Public awareness


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.


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


Board of Directors

Caroline Drummond
Community Volunteer

Vice President
Suzanne Ashe
Community Volunteer

Sherri Thrasher
Protective Life Insurance

Alex LaGanke
Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice

Finance Committee
Michelle Utomi-Jenkins
PNC Bank

Finance Committee
Ryan Grauel
Warren Averett

Board Member
Drake McGowin


Executive Director
Lindsay Landrum, MNM

Lindsay brings experiences from working in the non-profit sector for over 11 years. She previously worked with homeless youth, adults and families who also experienced mental health issues and substance dependency. Lindsay recently moved to the Birmingham area with her husband and 2 kids from Sioux City, IA where she was the Director of The Warming Shelter for almost 3 years. While in Iowa, Lindsay and her husband, Sean, became foster parents and adopted their 2 kids.

Lindsay grew up in Albuquerque, NM where most of her family still resides. She received her Bachelor’s in Criminology with a minor in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2013. Shortly after, she moved to Denver, CO to pursue her work in nonprofits and continue her education. She received her Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in 2017. She has a real passion for CASA and the children that we serve and is committed to advocating and making a difference in their lives.

In her downtime, Lindsay likes to spend time with her family, reading a good book, or continuing to grow her knowledge in trauma and mental health. Lindsay and her husband, Sean, are avid football fans of the Cleveland Browns and THE Ohio State Buckeyes…OH-IO!

To contact her, please email

Program Director
Tawanda Williams-Powell

Tawanda brings experiences with 10 years in the Non-Profit sector.  She believes in the importance of creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all and strives to provide non-judgmental support and resources to those she works with.  Tawanda bring her experiences from her time with The Wellhouse and has a passion for serving survivors of domestic violence and believes in the power of recovery all while working to provide support and resources to individuals and families affected by abuse.  Tawanda believes that everyone has the potential to lead a healthy and fulfilling life, and work to empower individuals to overcome challenges and reach their goals.

To contact her, please email 

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