In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of volunteers speaking up for the best interests of children who had been neglected or abused, in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of nearly 950 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
CASA volunteers provide consistency, stability, and support to children who are going through traumatic and tumultuous times. CASA volunteers spend time with their children weekly, getting to know them and their situations. CASA volunteers then advocate on behalf of these children in the courtroom by informing the Judge and other professionals what is going well, what concerns exist, and what the volunteer believes to be in this child's best interest.
Colorado CASA is an association of 18 local CASA programs throughout Colorado. Together, in 2019, local CASA programs trained and supervised nearly 2,000 volunteers to serve over 4,800 children throughout the state. Colorado CASA desires a CASA volunteer for every child who needs advocacy, and they are working to close the gap to serve more children than ever in 2020.
Voices for CASA Children seeks to give a voice to every child in Arizona's foster care system. They do this by recruiting and supporting volunteers, creating opportunities for children to know they are cared for and safe, and by engaging the community to help drive awareness about the plight of Arizona's abused and neglected children.