About CASA

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. It is a national organization composed of ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference in a child's life.


Date: May 7, 2016
Time: 14:00 to 18:00
Place: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse - 2058 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL 36606

On Saturday, May 7, CASA Mobile, Inc. will host its inaugural Kentucky Derby “Hats and Horses” Benefit at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse to raise awareness and funding for CASA’s work with abused and neglected children in our community. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a national 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers founded in 1977 with chapters in all 50 states. CASA Mobile, Inc. volunteers are committed to serving the needs of high risk children. Please consider standing with CASA Mobile, Inc. this Derby Day to make a lasting difference in a vulnerable child’s life.

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CASA'S Story

CASAs are trained volunteers appointed by a judge to speak for the well-being and safety of an abused or neglected child who is the subject of a dependency/custody hearing. CASAs strive to:

  • Provide the judge with unbiased information so that the best placement can be made
  • Ensure that children are not abused or neglected by the very system meant to protect them
  • Ensure that children spend less time embroiled in dependency issues and
  • Ensure that the child spends his/her life in a safe, loving, permanent home

CASA Mobile is totally funded by grants and personal donations.


In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. 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. (Connection magazine, 1.82 MB PDF).


Stay tuned for future events...

2nd Annual Hats and Horses Kentucky Derby Benefit

May 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Hats and Horses – Kentucky Derby Benefit

May 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Place: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse - 2058 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL 36606

2nd Annual Changing Lives

November 5, 2015 at 5:30 am to 8:00 am
Place: Athelstan Club

Board of Directors

  • Selma Smith - president
  • Sheryl Bates - Secretary
  • Sorina Christian - Treasurer
  • Mary Anne Ball - Member
  • Elaine Campbell - Member
  • Brook Cockrell - Member
  • Betsy Harmon - Member
  • Kathy Willis - Member
  • Dr. Maureen Baldy - Member
  • Theresa Whelan - Member
  • Katherine Arnold - Member, Advisor
  • Deena Tyler - Member, Adviser
  • Kathy Jordan - Member, Advisor

Become a Volunteer

THE CASA VOLUNTEER A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of children who are brought before the court due to issues of abuse and neglect.

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Please send donations to: CASA Mobile, Inc. Strickland Youth Center 2315 Costarides Street Mobile, AL 36617 or donate securely online via PayPal
For additional information or to receive a volunteer application packet, please contact the CASA office.


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Please contact us if you are interested for additional donation information or about volunteering