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.
For more than 33 years, Advocates for Children CASA has served abused and neglected children in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert counties). Each volunteer strives to ensure that all children dream, thrive, and grow with a sense of belonging and empowerment. Through the incredible strength of these volunteers, Advocates for Children-CASA advocated for the safety and well-being of 937 children last year, alone. The hours donated, miles driven, and out of pocket expenses paid for by these volunteers saved tax payers in Colorado’s 18th Judicial district over $1.4 million last year. 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. To learn more about these programs, inquire about becoming a volunteer, or support their missions, please visit Advocates for Children CASA (Denver Metro area in Colorado) or Voices for CASA Children (Maricopa County in Arizona).