In 1977, Seattle Superior Court Judge, David Soukup, was concerned about trying to make decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children without enough information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court. He made a request for volunteers. Fifty citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement.
Today, there are more than 77,000 advocates serving in 946 programs nationwide. CASA programs across the country are known by several different names including Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates and Voices for Children.
Since the inception of CASA advocacy, volunteers have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes.
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