National CASA

National CASA

The first volunteer guardian ad litem program serving abused and neglected children was organized in 1977 in King County, Seattle, Washington. In the following years, word of the success of the King County Program spread like wildfire and similar programs were begun across the United States.

Because some statutes required the guardian ad litem to be an attorney, the term CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) was coined to denote volunteers from the local community who had been thoroughly screened and trained to serve as advocates for children involved in Court proceedings.

In 1982, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, Inc. (NCASAA) was established to serve as an umbrella organization for the growing number of programs across the country. NCASAA provides information networks, technical assistance, research, training and hosts an annual national conference. Membership in NCASAA is open to programs and individuals throughout the United States.

By the end of 2014, 949 CASA/GAL programs existed across the country.  Over half (61%) of the programs are independent non-profit organizations; 16% are part of a non-profit umbrella agency; 21% are part of a state or county agency; and 2% have some other administrative structure.

Some 76,327 men and women, CASA volunteers, provided 6 million hours to making a lifelong difference in the lives of an estimated 251,165 abused/neglected children.

For more information please visit www.NationalCasa.org or www.CASAforchildren.org

What is a CASA Volunteer?

CASA Volunteers provide advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. The following information will help you learn more:

How Do I Become a CASA?

A CASA volunteer can make a profound and positive difference for abused children. The following information shows how you can get involved:

CASA Program Information

The Clark County CASA program celebrated 30 years of providing advocacy for children in Clark County in 2010. The program's success is the result of planning and the help of many volunteers:

About Us

Nearly 3,500 abused and neglected children live in foster care in Clark County, Nevada because they cannot live safely at home. These children need powerful voices to speak for them. The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in Las Vegas is to provide that voice. Become a CASA.


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