- Created by Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup, who envisioned the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak on the best interests of the children in court.
- Today there are more than 76,000 CASA Volunteers serving in nearly 1,000 state and local programs nationwide.
- Since its creation, CASA Volunteers have helped more than 2 million children find safe, permanent homes.
- Columbia County CASA, Inc, was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2017 and is one of twelve programs in the Wisconsin CASA Association.
- The program serves neglected and/or abused children from pre-birth to 18 years of age.
- CASA Volunteers serve children living with their parents, in relative placements, foster homes, group homes and in residential treatment facilities.
Eyes and Ears of the Court
Often referred to as the “eyes and ears of the court,” CASA Volunteers are assigned by juvenile judges to advocate exclusively on behalf of a single child or sibling group.
CASA Volunteers must pass a background and reference check and participate in an in-person interview. Each CASA Volunteer is professionally trained and partnered with an Advocate Supervisor.
They conduct weekly, face-to-face visits with their child (or children), make independent, objective observations about the child’s safety and well-being, and submit a monthly report to the appointing judge to help that judge make decisions about the child’s future.
Most importantly, CASA Volunteers are often the only consistent adult presence in the lives of abused and neglected children.
A child with a CASA Volunteer is more likely to get help with other services, spend less time in foster care and be moved from home to home, find a safe and permanent home, and do better in school!