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 speak up for the best interests of these
children in court. He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded, and
that was the start of the CASA movement.
Today, there are more than 77,000 advocates
serving in 946 state and local program offices nationwide. CASA programs across
the country are known by several different names, including Guardian ad Litem,
Child Advocates and Voices for Children.
Since the inception of CASA advocacy,
volunteers have helped well over 1,000,000 children find safe, permanent homes
in which they can thrive.
The CASA program in the Buchanan county started as a
pilot project in 1987. Under the supervision and support of Judge Patrick Robb
the program was made an established part of the juvenile court process and also
began serving children in Andrew county as well.
The 5th Judicial Circuit CASA Office currenlty has 31
volunteers who serve children in both counties.
Please call us at: (816) 901-1708 or fill out our contact form.
5th Circuit CASA of Missouri
411 Jules, BO3
Saint Joseph, MO 64501
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