Founded in 1994, CASA for Children is part of an association of CASA organizations nationwide. The Court Appointed Special Advocate program was first established in 1977 by The Honorable David Soukup, a Seattle judge who was concerned about making decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children without sufficient information to support his decisions. Out of his concern, Judge Soukup came up with the idea to use trained advocates to speak for children in court. The Seattle program was such a success that judges throughout the country have requested CASA organizations for their own jurisdictions.
Today, there are nearly 1,000 CASA programs nationwide. We are proud to be part of this network.
Although CASA volunteers do not get involved in providing or disproving abuse charges, their written reports to the presiding juvenile court judge provide in-depth review of each child’s family circumstances. Their reports are expected to be independent, objective, fact-based, and thorough. The ultimate goal is to ensure that each child is placed in a safe and permanent home.
Court Appointed Special Advocates change lives
“Being in foster care is living in a constant state of flux. Homes, schools, families . . . everything is always changing, and often without warning. The only constant was my CASA volunteer. Without her, I would have been lost in the system.”Melissa
THE PROBLEM: Overwhelmed Systems
The estimated number of abused and neglected children under the protection of the local Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts
The average child will spend nearly 2 years (20 months) in foster care.
On average, each one of those children will change homes three times.
THE SOLUTION: Citizen Volunteers
supports 30 volunteers
serving 75 children
THE RESULTS: Brighter Futures