Anchorage CASA


Welcome to Anchorage CASA

The Anchorage CASA program is under the umbrella of the Alaska CASA program which is part of the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA). Our offices are located at: 

900 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 525
Anchorage, AK 99501

Becky Griffin and Sarah Hanson job share the Anchorage CASA Program Coordinator position switching every three months. Their direct line is (907) 269-3510 and fax is (907) 269-3535.

Anchorage CASA is the largest CASA program within the Alaska CASA umbrella. In 2015 there were 61 active CASAs serving 182 children in custody. 

Sarah and her husband Paul and children Hugh and Hilary

Sarah Hanson
Sarah Teaford Hanson has a BSW from Wartburg College and an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis. Her first job out of grad school in 1989 was at Hillcrest Family Services in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as an adoption worker at the agency through which she was adopted. She loved working with birth parents and helping couples adopt babies.

In 1991, Sarah moved to Minneapolis and worked in the Twin Cities area as a child protection worker. In 1995, she moved to Alaska and began working at The Office of Children's Services (then DFYS) as a family services worker and acting supervisor before accepting a position at the Child Welfare Academy (CWA) in 1998. While working as a trainer at the CWA, Sarah was trained and sworn in as a CASA volunteer.

In 2004, Sarah and her husband welcomed their first child, Hugh. In 2008, they welcomed Hilary. Sarah was fortunate to stay home with them for nine years before accepting a position as a Guardian ad Litem at the Office of Public Advocacy in October 2013. In September 2014 Sarah and her job share partner, Becky, started their work as the Anchorage CASA program coordinator. 

When Sarah is not working, she enjoys camping, traveling, being a Girl Scout Leader, and spending time with her family.
Becky Griffin
Becky was born and raised in New York City. In 2004, she earned her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, majoring in English Literature with a minor in Psychology. Shortly after graduating she moved west to Portland Oregon with two girlfriends. She wasn’t in Portland long before she fell in love with her husband-to-be. Her life took on an unexpected trajectory when he asked her to move with him to… Alaska! Much to her own surprise, Becky said yes, and they have been happily putting down roots ever since.

Becky served as a CASA volunteer in Anchorage before moving back to New York in 2008 to earn her MSW from Columbia University. After completing her MSW program, she immediately returned to Alaska and began working as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for 4 years before transitioning to Anchorage CASA program coordinator.

Having worked as a CASA volunteer and with CASA volunteers as a GAL, Becky has a deep respect for the contribution CASA volunteers make to the child welfare system. Becky has always been a supporter of the CASA program and is eager to take her involvement to the next level!

Join Us!

  • Are you looking for a powerful and rewarding volunteer experience?
  • Do you care about the success and well-being of our community's children?
  • Are you driven to make a difference in a child's life?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, consider how you might put that "yes" into action by becoming a CASA volunteer!


There are over 1,000 children in foster care in our community. Anchorage CASA is currently able to serve only about 200 of those children through its network of volunteers. We are looking for more high-caliber individuals to add to our outstanding team.

If you would like to be part of the solution to child abuse and neglect by becoming a CASA volunteer, this section is for you. In it you will find the various steps involved with becoming a trained child advocate as well as the necessary requirements. Contact us to request information, or learn more about how to volunteer on our Volunteer page.
How to Volunteer
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