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CASA History

How Did the CASA Movement Begin?
In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions regarding the fate of children - with insufficient information - conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states. Today that same Judge that began the CASA movement has retired and is now serving children in his community as a CASA Volunteer.

Because of the difference that CASA programs began to demonstrate across the United States, the National CASA Association was created to ensure that CASA programs adhere to best practice standards in child welfare and business operations. As the CASA mission and news of the program’s successes spread across America, judges in Alabama began using CASA Volunteers in their courtrooms.

Alabama CASA Network History
In September of 1993, representatives from the then three local CASA programs (Jefferson, Madison and Shelby) met and voted to establish a formal state-wide support and information system: the Alabama State CASA Network. The Alabama CASA Network provides support and services to assist local programs in the most effective and efficient operations.

SHOALS CASA has been serving our community since 2002 and is pleased to be a partner in good standing with both the National CASA Association and Alabama CASA Network.

For more information on National CASA Association, www.casaforchildren.org

For more information on Alabama CASA Network, www.alabamacasa.org

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