About Us

CASA History
In 1976, a Seattle Superior Court Judge, the Honorable 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 and implemented a pilot program in 1977.

Due to the success of the pilot program, the Seattle CASA program began and was replicated across the country. In 1982, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association was formed. In 1988, Georgia CASA began, with Atlantic Area CASA founded as an affiliate program of Georgia CASA ten years later in 1999. Since initially serving Liberty County, Atlantic Area CASA has expanded to currently serve seven additional counties, including the entire Atlantic Judicial Circuit and a portion of the Waycross Judicial Circuit.

Today, there are more than 77,000 advocates serving in more than 900 CASA programs nationwide. Since the inception of CASA advocacy, volunteers have helped well over 2,000,000 children find safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive. Last year, Atlantic Area CASA served 147 children with 29 CASA volunteers.

About CASA

Atlantic Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is part of a national and state network of court-sanctioned, community-based programs that recruit, screen, train and supervise community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers work one-on-one with an abused or neglected child, bringing a sense of urgency to these children's needs, both in and out of the courtroom. CASA volunteers provide individualized attention for these innocent victims and an independent source of information for the judge who must decide their future.
Our vision is to have a safe and loving home for every child.

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