Patricia M. Smith CASA House Unveiled
The Patricia M. Smith CASA House has opened in Columbiana, which will serve as an office and supervised visitation location for abused and neglected children of Shelby County under the care of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA recruits and trains volunteers to go through the court process with abused and neglected children and provides a parenting program and supervises visitations with CASA children who might not get visitations otherwise. The new house is named after Patricia “Patti” M. Smith, who founded Friends of the Court, Inc./CASA of Shelby County in 1996 with a few volunteer board members, no CASA volunteers and no financial support. CASA is funded in part by the Children’s Trust Fund, a Shelby County Community Grant and various other corporations, foundations and individuals.
Source: Shelby County Reporter