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The mission of CASA of the River Region 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 River Region by providing them with a caring and competent trained volunteer.

CASA of the River Region County

Court Appointed Special Advocates of the River Region will provide abused, neglected or abandoned children with a highly trained volunteer to advocate for the child’s best interest before family courts in the River Region, Alabama. 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 the River Region is 1 of 23 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 the River Region.

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.
2020
2020
CASA of Montgomery County was founded in 2020.
Today
Today
Expanded service to Elmore County and renamed CASA of the River Region in 2023.

Leadership

Board of Directors

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President
Dalton Dismukes

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Vice President
Terri Reynolds

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Treasurer
Ryan Beesley

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Secretary/Treasurer
Callie Dietz

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Board Member
Mary Jeter

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Board Member
Ronda Cherry

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Board Member
Katie Beth McCarthy

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Board Member
Gina Allen

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Board Member
Jacquelyn Tomlinson

Staff

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Executive Director
Charity Alpert

Charity Alpert serves as the new Executive Director of CASA of the River Region. She has been with the program since its infancy, attending the first training class of volunteer advocates. She completed her first case in August of 2020. In her role as director, Charity leads a team of trained community volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates in the Juvenile Court system, where they advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

Charity was born and raised in Montgomery, AL and has had a deep passion for the welfare of children for over 25 years. After earning an Associate’s degree in Childhood Education from Bethany Divinity College, she served in various capacities in the community from volunteer to paid positions within the childcare field. In the business world, Charity managed a court reporting firm in Montgomery for 15 years, developing professional relationships in the legal community. She attended training through the National Court Reporters Association and became a Certified Manager of Reporting Services in 2002. Since 2011, Charity has served in the nonprofit sector, in various capacities. It was her work with an orphanage that ignited her passion for meeting the needs of abused and neglected children. She began orphan advocacy training with CAFO (Christian Alliance For Orphans) and ultimately began the process of adopting a child into her own family.

Charity’s background in business, nonprofit sector work, and childhood advocacy brings the perfect balance to this program.
To contact her, please email calpert@alabamacasa.org or 334-329-8584.

Contact Us

CASA of the River Region

1111 Air Base Blvd
Montgomery, AL 36108

Email: calpert@alabamacasa.org

Phone: 334-329-8584

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We advocate for abused and/or neglected children in the River Region.

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Welcome to the CASA family! ❤️💙This completes our last training group of Spring Semester! We’ve been able to train and swear in 21 volunteers so far in 2024! 🎊🎉Thank you to all our wonderful judges who take the time to host us! ❤️If you are interested in becoming a CASA Volunteer, we would love to have you. Please read more @casaoftheriverregion.org!Next class starts in August! ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to Central Alabama Community Foundation for being such a loyal partner. We have been able to exceed our goals of recruiting and training new CASA volunteers with their help!CASA of the River Region-AL ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you Judge James for swearing in our newest CASA volunteers. We have wonderful juvenile judges that really care for our children and families. Welcome to the CASA family!We are so thankful to have you! ... See MoreSee Less
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SPEAKING UP FOR ALABAMA’S CHILDREN