History of CASA in Georgia
What follows is a brief history of CASA in Georgia (as well as Nationwide). In 1976, a Superior Court Judge by the name of David Soukup noticed an ongoing problem in Seattle courtrooms. He saw that there was hardly any information available for life-changing decisions regarding the safety, security, and well-being of children. To remedy this, Judge Soukup started a fundraiser to recruit and train volunteers in the community to speak on behalf of children in the courtroom. In 1977, a CASA pilot program was created based on Judge Soukup’s idea. In 1982, the National CASA Association was established to direct CASA’s newly formed national presence. Then in 1988, Georgia CASA started out as Kids of Georgia Need Volunteers, Inc. The following year, two pilot CASA programs were formed in Georgia, and the first CASA volunteers were sworn in. In 1992, the nonprofit’s name was changed to Georgia CASA, Inc. CASA programs then became independent. As of today, Georgia CASA supports 47 affiliate programs across the entire state. Tri-County CASA, in conjunction with local courts, appoints adult volunteers to act as a voice for local children in the vicinity of Wayne, Jeff Davis, and Appling Counties in Southeast Georgia.