History of CASA

The CASA concept was initiated in Seattle, Washington by The Honorable David Soukup in 1977. Judge Soukup realized he did not have enough information to make an informed decision about the future of abused and neglected children coming before him. In his effort to garner more information, he conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of children in court. His idea proved so successful that soon judges across the country adopted the same model.

In 1982 the National CASA Association was formed to unify the movement and provide leadership to local programs. Today there are more than 950 CASA programs in 49 states, with nearly 70,000 men and women speaking up as CASA volunteers for abused and neglected children.

Chesterfield CASA was formed by a group of local citizens concerned about the increasing number of child victims in our community. Our program joins 26 others in Virginia providing advocacy through the CASA model. We serve the 12th Judicial District Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, with jurisdiction in Chesterfield County and the city of Colonial Heights. We received our 501 (c) 3 status in 1996 and began assigning volunteers to cases in 1997.