Every year, more than three million children nationally
are reported abused or neglected. Despite the states' attempts to help, many of these kids become trapped in the
court and child welfare maze and can spend their childhood moving from one temporary shelter to another.
History of the CASA Movement
In 1977, a Seattle Superior Court Judge named 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; 50 citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement.
Today, there are more
than 59,000 advocates serving in 954 state and local program offices nationwide. CASA programs across the country are known
by several different names, including Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates and Voices for Children.
the inception of CASA advocacy, volunteers have helped more than 2 million children find safe, permanent homes in which they
To report incidences of child
abuse, please call the Department of Children and Families on the state hotline at
Impact of Advocates
Child abuse and neglect can be prevented and stopped, and families strengthened, by proven programs that work! CASA provides a unique response on behalf of children that are:
at risk of not having adequate nourishment
or clothing or shelter.
at risk of
physical injury or illness or handicap without adequate medical care.
at risk of not being encouraged, or consoled, or nurtured by a caring and trusted adult.
at risk of lingering in foster care,
wanting for a permanent, stable and secure home.
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