History of CASA
CASA was founded in 1977 by David Soukup, a Seattle judge who became concerned by how quickly decisions concerning the lives of abused and neglected children were being made when there was often a lack of detailed information.
Judge Soukup had insufficient information to make a life-changing decision for a 3-year-old girl who had suffered from child abuse.
That’s where the idea came from: These children, who had experienced abuse or neglect, needed trained volunteers speaking up in the courtroom for their best interests.
“It terrified me to make decisions about kids when I didn’t have anybody there.”
– Judge David W. Soukup
“When I walked into the lunchroom, there were 50 people there. And I said, ‘This is going to work.’”
– Judge Soukup on the first CASA/GAL meeting, thinking six or seven people would show up