Court Appointed Special Advocates™ (CASA) is a non-profit organization that trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. The movement began more than 25 years ago, when Judge David Soukup in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. His solution was to ask community volunteers to act as a "voice in court" for abused and neglected children. These CASA volunteers provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children's best interests and ensure that they were placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation. Today, the CASA movement has evolved into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country.
What impact does CASA have in the community?
Judges truly value the observations and recommendations of CASA volunteers, knowing that they have the child’s best interests at heart.
- CASA volunteers help shorten the time a child spends in foster care.*
- Children with a CASA volunteer are less likely to re-enter the child welfare system once their case is closed.*
- CASA volunteers help children and their families receive the services they need.*
- CASA has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as a model juvenile delinquency prevention program.
*Source: Study conducted by National CASA and U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs, 2006.