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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.

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“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

EVERY CHILD HAS A CHANCE - IT'S YOU

MISSION & VISION

CASA VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

OUR MISSION:

The Mission of CASA of Crawford County, Inc. is to recruit, train, and support volunteer advocates who will serve to ensure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children in the community.

OUR VISION:

It is the goal of CASA of Crawford County, Inc. to have a volunteer advocate available to serve every abused and neglected child that enters foster care in our county.

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CASA of Crawford County, Inc. is a member of the National CASA Association and an active member of the Arkansas State CASA Association.

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