History

The CASA model of advocacy began as an idea of Seattle Court Judge David Soukup in 1977. Judge Soukup wanted a way to ensure he was receiving the most valid, current information in order to make informed decisions that impact the lives of children involved in the child welfare system by engaging community volunteers. From there, National CASA was created and incorporated in 1982 to support and increase the capacity of local CASA programs. Last year, more than 75,000 CASA volunteers served as advocates for over 238,000 children nationally. Since its inception, CASA as a whole has served over 2,000,000 children. Children's Voice: CASA, Inc. is a part of this amazing network of 951 state and local programs in 49 states and the District of Colombia.

Children's Voice: CASA, Inc. has been a vital part of Douglas County since 1999. We were founded by Juvenile Program's Director, Jenny McDade, to serve the most vulnerable members of our community, abused and neglected children. Our overriding purpose is for CASA volunteers, each as an independent voice, to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in Douglas County juvenile court dependency proceedings. In the beginning, the program was under the umbrella of Communities Organizing Resources for Excellence (CORE). In 2006, we became a 501c3, nonprofit organization. Since 1999, the program has grown from 1 full-time and 1 part-time position to 3 full-time and 1 part-time position. In 2005, the program had 17 volunteers serving 24 children. Today, the program has 36 volunteers (with more in training) serving a total of 100+ children in foster care.

We continue to grow with the help of our donors and volunteers that make our mission possible. Through all these years our purpose still remains the same: providing compassionate advocates for foster children.