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What is CASA?

National CASA Association – 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 86,000 advocates serving in nearly 1,000 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. To learn more about National CASA Association, please click here. Since the inception of CASA advocacy, volunteers have helped well over 1,000,000 children find safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive.

CASA of Northwest Arkansas first opened its doors in 1997. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and are governed by a board of directors. Our mission is to provide quality volunteer representation to abused and neglected children in the court system.

While completely independent of, we are grateful for the guidance and support we receive from the Arkansas State CASA Association. To learn more about Arkansas State CASA, please click here.


CASA does not license foster parents. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please visit the Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services or The CALL.