A frustrated Judge had an ideal…
In 1976, a Superior Court judge in Seattle Washington heard a case that made him desperate. A three year old girl appeared to have been abused but her mother maintained she had fallen out of a swing and that the mother’s boyfriend was not around. “Do I take this child out of the only home she’s ever known or do I pick up the paper in three weeks to read that the boyfriend killed the child?”, asked the judge. He needed more information.
Judge David Soukup called in four local people to discuss the possible use of volunteers as caseworkers. When he got to the meeting, 50 people were there. Soon, judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates, who formed the National CASA Association as a private, non profit organization. In 1990, the US Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA with the passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act.
The CASA Program for Bullitt County was incorporated in 2003 and the first volunteer took a case in February 2005.