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History of CASA

Seattle juvenile court judge David W. Soukup had insufficient information to make a life-changing decision for a 3-year-old girl who had suffered from child abuse.

He asked the public for help to come up with a better way of serving children.


Judge Soukup starts the first CASA program in Seattle, WA.



“While sitting at juvenile court, I never got a night’s sleep without waking to wonder if at least one decision I made that day had been the best for a child. It struck me that it might be possible to recruit and train volunteers to investigate a child’s case so they could provide a voice for the child in those proceedings, proceedings which could affect their whole lives.”


-Judge David W. Soukup, Founder of CASA

Judge John F. Mendoza of Nevada suggests the term “court-appointed special advocate” to designate the lay court-appointed volunteers.


The National CASA Association forms in Seattle.


Pilot programs in Multnomah and Josephine counties prompted the Oregon Legislature to pass a law mandating that every abused and neglected child in protective custody is entitled to the help of a CASA volunteer.


CASA officially comes to Yamhill County. 


CASA Yamhill Co. became an independent 501c3 as it started out under the umbrella of YCAP. 


We are among the longest-serving programs in the state and currently serve 70% of eligible children.

There are roughly 125 children living in the foster care system in Yamhill County at any given time.


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