National CASA Association

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 independently investigate the cases, make recommendations, and speak up in court about what was in the best interest of the child. 

He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement. News of the success of Judge Soukop’s experiment spread like wildfire and CASA programs sprang up all over the United States. 

Currently nearly 1,000 CASA Programs operate throughout the United States and CASA volunteers have helped more than 2 million children find safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive.

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CASA of New Jersey

The first CASA programs in NJ were established in 1986 and 1987 with Essex County and Morris County respectively. CASA of NJ was created in 2000 to address the need to expand CASA programs throughout the state. A CASA program is currently operating in every New Jersey County. 

CASA of NJ provides support to all CASA programs in NJ, primarily through funding, training, public education, and technical assistance. Additionally, it provides a forum for local CASA programs to share resources, improve their programs, and unifies CASA’s voice on behalf of children in foster care statewide.

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